CSAN has called for an amendment to the Welfare Benefits Up-Rating Bill, protecting child-related benefits from real term cuts.
As the bill stands Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit and child elements of the new Universal Credit will be up-rated by just 1% despite food price rises of 4% and energy price rises of more than 7%. This will slash the value of child-related benefits in real terms and placing significant financial pressure on parents already struggling to afford basic necessities for their children.
The House of Lords will debate the amendment on Tuesday 5 March. This week research by the Children’s Food Trust revealed that over half of school or youth staff have witnessed an increase in child hunger during the last two years.
Helen O’Brien, Chief Executive of CSAN stated:
“it is absurd to suggest that a child going to school hungry or coming home to a cold house is shouldering their fair share of austerity measures; rather they are being deprived of a basic standard of living to which all children are entitled.”