There were some welcome announcements in today’s budget and spending review that will help support children and families on a low income, but this was not a budget that prioritised ending child poverty. The changes to universal credit and the increase in the minimum wage will help address rising in-work poverty. However, there was nothing in the announcements today for the millions of claimants, many of whom are families with children, who access support from the social security system and cannot currently work – for example, because they are disabled, or they are caring for young children. As a result, families are at risk of being plunged into deeper poverty.
This briefing provides brief analysis of some of the key announcements made in the budget and spending review today that will affect the lives of low-income children and families. And it addresses some of the areas that did not receive investment, but need attention.