Tory cuts to Universal Credit will make child poverty worse


Ashton-under-Lyne MP Angela Rayner has called on the Tories to reverse their cuts to Universal Credit which are set to drive thousands of local children into poverty.

The cuts will mean that 12,000 working families who qualify for Universal Credit in Ashton will lose on average £1600 a year.

Some single parent families will also lose as much as £2,630 per year.

Experts forecast that the cuts to Universal Credit will inevitably hit children, with an estimated 600,000 more children being pushed into poverty nationally.

Speaking during a parliamentary debate this week, Angela joined Labour calls for the reversal of Government cuts to the Universal Credit work allowance.

She said: "Children will bear the brunt of Tory cuts to Universal Credit. Some of the poorest children in my constituency will have to go to school without breakfast, with holes in their shoes and uniforms. Many will be cold in winter and continually lack the energy or motivation to apply themselves to their lessons.

"These Tory cuts are bad for children, bad for working families and bad for the future of our society as a whole."

The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies says that child poverty will rise from 17.8% in 2015 to 25.7% in 2020.

This massive step backwards in tackling child poverty will reverse almost all the progress made under successive Labour Governments since 1997.

There were two major cuts to support for working people in receipt of benefits in George Osborne's 2015 Summer Budget – one for tax credits and one for their replacement, Universal Credit. After Labour opposition, the cuts to tax credits were reversed but the cuts to Universal Credit still went ahead.

Angela Rayner MP said: “Lifting over a million children out of poverty was one of Labour's most important achievements. It is appalling that this Government is reversing all that progress.

"It is not too late for them to think again, to reverse the cuts and make Universal Credit work for these children.  The Labour Party is committed to tackling child poverty - I'm proud that we continue that fight by opposing cuts to Universal Credit." 

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