An urgent re-think of the current four-year freeze in benefits is needed to protect struggling families from further damage as inflation jumps to 2.9% - a four-year high - Child Poverty Action Group warns.
Chief Executive of the charity Alison Garnham said:
"Unless there’s an urgent re-think of the current freeze on benefits, the living standards of ordinary families will slip and slide downwards with serious consequences, particularly for children. Families are saying they can’t manage. They need some leeway. Now is the time to ensure that benefits for working and non-working families once again reflect their needs and so rise with inflation.
“The failure to uprate benefits in line with inflation is the single biggest driver behind child poverty rising to 4 million and why it’s set to rise to over 5 million by the end of the new parliament.”
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