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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

Stephen Lloyd writes on Child Poverty

November 16, 2017 9:21 AM
By Stephen Lloyd
Originally published by Horsham Liberal Democrats

From the newsletter of Stephen Lloyd, Lib Dem MP for Eastbourne. Stephen writes:

I had a meeting with the Child Poverty Action Group in Parliament to explore a recent report they've produced on the impact of recent and proposed government cuts on family incomes and poverty. I have to say that some of the figures are shockingly bad.

Since the Lib Dems left government in 2015 for instance, the Conservatives have taken £3bn from the annual budget of Universal Credit as well as freezing work-related benefits. The impact this has had on the lives many families across the country is so stark that I will be challenging the Prime Minister on this in the days to come. The cuts will see families with children hit the worst. For instance a couple with children will see their annual income fall by £960 a year which is challenging enough, but appallingly, a single parent with children will lose £2,380. That's on average, so some families stand to lose even more than that.

These figures haven't been properly taken on board publicly yet, and I have been trying to raise as much noise as I can over them before they're wholly implemented in the hope the government doesn't proceed with their cuts. To put this into perspective, a single parent with two young children, working 16 hours on the National Living Wage would have to work 14 more hours to make up for the effects of the cuts to UC - clearly the government is not only failing to "make work pay", their plans will actually drive hundreds of thousands of families further into poverty which is simply wrong.

I will not let up on this important issue in parliament.......