The government's £12 billion of welfare cuts will hurt the children and families who need our help most. One million more children will be pushed into poverty because of the chancellor's raid on welfare, including to housing benefit, Employment Support Allowance (ESA), Universal Credit and the lowered benefits cap.
The Chancellor may well have been forced into a humiliating U-turn on his tax credit cuts, but don't be fooled. He has not reversed his welfare cuts - only delayed them. Over 2 million families will be on average £1,600 a year worse off by 2020.
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Why we need to oppose the Tories 'welfare reform'
- Removes child poverty targets and changes the way poverty is measured - pushing more children into poverty
- Four year freeze on working age benefits - making working people poorer. This cut alone will leave 13 million families hundreds of pounds a year worse off.
- Lowers the benefit cap from £26,000 to £23,000 in London and to £20,000 in the rest of the country. Forcing more families from their homes and away from support networks
- Abolishes the Employment Support Allowance (ESA) for those in the Work related Activity Group Leaving 500,000 people £1,500 a year poorer.
- For the first time, limits the child element of tax credits and Universal Credit to the first two children. Fuelling child poverty in larger families