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1.6 million households hit by £60 cut to benefits in just one month

DWP urged to scrap universal credit advance "loans" before thousands more are pushed into debt.

Tories warned of ‘mass unemployment’ as number of people out of work hits two-year high

UK government urged to extend the furlough scheme to protect workers.

Whingeing Lords demand hardship fund despite £162 daily allowance

Documents "expose the total privilege and sheer arrogance of unelected Lords at Westminster".

DWP to hire thousands of new work coaches amid Covid-19 job losses

"Getting Britain back to work as quickly as possible is vital", says DWP minister.

Universal Credit increase must be made permanent and extended to legacy benefits

Reversing the increase risks plunging 700,000 more people into poverty, report says.

‘Scandalous’ Welfare Cuts In Breach Of UN Convention, Says Commissioner

Government welfare reforms and cuts in financial support for poor working families is putting the UK in breach of its United Nations (UN) obligations, says the Children’s Commissioner.

In a damning new report to be published ahead of George Osborne’s autumn statement, Dr Maggie Atkinson says government measures to reduce the deficit have disproportionately hurt children from poor families.

Single parents and poor families have been hit the hardest by government spending cuts, with incomes falling by an average of 10% since the coalition took office in 2010.

Rising inequality means the UK has failed in its duty to protect poor children from the worst of austerity, meaning the government could now be in violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Speaking to the Independent newspaper Dr Atkinson acknowledged the need to reduce the deficit. But added: “Our issue is that at the moment, it is the poorest in society who have least to fall back on that are paying the greatest price for trying to close that deficit.

“It is patently unfair. It is patently against the rights of the child”, she said.

The report will be examined by the UN to investigate whether the UK is in compliance with the Convention. Dr Atkinson said unless the government changes its position of expecting the poorest to shoulder the greatest burden, the UN’s response would be “very, very damning”.

Dr Atkinson told the Independent: “The basic fact is that there are families living in the fifth-biggest economy in the Western world who are making choices about whether they can afford to heat their house or feed their children”.

“We need as a nation to decide whether we are in the business of making the poorest pay the highest penalty when there is a gap between what the country has in its coffers and what its expenses are.”

She added: “The difference in outcomes and life expectancy between children raised in low income and wealthy families is scandalous.”

The report also says tax breaks for married couples and other income tax measures do not reduce poverty or inequality and “discriminate against children of lone parents.”

“The most vulnerable, disabled children and those in single-parent families, have been hit hardest”, said Dr Atkinson.

Labour MP Cathy Jamieson said: “This is a damning report on David Cameron and George Osborne’s record.”

However, the Treasury dismissed the report as “misleading” and “selective”.  A spokesperson said the government is “tackling the root causes of child poverty, by putting more people in work than ever before and reducing the number of children in workless families by around 390,000 since 2010″.

George Osborne is expected to pledge a further £12 billion in welfare spending cuts to fund a tax giveaway.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, George Osborne said: “We have got to make tough decisions on public expenditure, on our welfare budget. That is how we can afford these things”.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. These people are voted into power by the people of this country to do what’s best for the people.we need to stop putting the well off people into command of our country and source political students from poorer backgrounds who understand what its like to struggle Only then is there a chance to move forward. the British government is a farce only out to line its own pockets

  2. Punishing the poor has never been the most effective way of gaining back wealth squandered by Government. Have the Tories learned nothing from dickensian times. If the Gov want to gain their coffers back then they should be pursuing tax dodging companies and close tax loop holes. The Tories are vile.

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