MP blasts government over ‘broken promises’ following Austerity Generation report

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06 Nov 2017
Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood has raised serious concerns in the wake of the publication of a major new report by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

The report, titled ‘The Austerity Generation: the impact of a decade of cuts on family incomes and child poverty’ highlights the cumulative effect of 10 years of cuts to social security between 2010 and 2020 on the incomes of families with children. It looks specifically at tax credits and the Universal Credit system.

CPAG found that working families stand to lose £930 a year on average from cuts in the tax credit system and £420 a year from cuts to Universal Credit. The organisation has also said that families containing someone with a disability will be £300 a year worse off due to Universal Credit cuts, and families containing someone with a severe disability will be £530 a year worse off. Furthermore the average family with three children will be 10 per cent (£2,540 a year) worse off, and the average family with four or more children 19 per cent (£5,000 a year) worse off due to Universal Credit cuts.

Ms Greenwood, who is also the Shadow Minister for Employment and Inequalities, said:

“The findings in this report are alarming. Once again, the government is attacking the very people who are already struggling the most.

“The report warns that families containing someone with a disability will be significantly worse off due to government cuts and broken promises.

“It warns that lone parents, and parents with three or four children, willalso be worse off.

“It also warns that government cuts will push one million more children into poverty.

“The government should look at this report and think again.”

Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of CPAG, wrote in a blog post on the organisation’s website that, “Since 2010, rather than investing in our children, government policy has been creating an Austerity Generation whose childhoods and life chances will be scarred by a decade of political decisions to stop protecting their living standards.

“…Progress on (the six week wait for Universal Credit) would be very welcome, but this report makes it clear that the problems are more fundamental - the whole point of universal credit is being undermined.”

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