We are making the following recommendations to the government as part of its Spending Review:
- Use social security in order to level up and spread opportunity across the UK
- Stop the proposed £20 a week cut to universal credit and increase legacy benefits by £20 a week – reducing child poverty by 350,000
- Scrap the benefit cap and two-child limit – this would only cost £1.9 billion and would pull nearly 300,000 children out of poverty
- Increase child benefit by £10 a week – providing a small income boost to all families affected by COVID. This would reduce child poverty by 450,000
- Increase local welfare assistance by £320 million a year, to bring the funding up to the same level across the UK, as well as meeting additional demand due to the pandemic
- Invest in childcare, in particular extended schools, to help increase the labour market opportunities of parents
- Increase the eligibility threshold for free school meals to all families receiving universal credit or working tax credit.