Tuesday, 28 November 2017
Child Poverty Action Group says cuts to Universal Credit push up child poverty
From CPAG enews
UNIVERSAL CREDIT IS POVERTY-PRODUCING
Evidence from CPAG's Early Warning System and analysis from our new report on the impact of cuts, 'The Austerity Generation', helped secure important improvements to how Universal Credit is delivered in last week’s Budget. We’ve raised our concerns about the 6-week wait and the difficulty in securing advance payments extensively with the DWP, in Parliament and in the media. However, a key finding of our new report is that cuts to Universal Credit will push 1 million more children into poverty by 2020. To restore Universal Credit’s promise of greater rewards from work and to be poverty-fighting, not poverty-producing, we need work allowances to be restored and a triple-lock on child benefit and the child element of Universal Credit. The announcements in last week’s Budget are welcome, but they don’t go nearly far enough to make Universal Credit fit for families.