Changes to social security benefits are devastating family incomes, report warns.
'Changes to social security benefits are devastating family incomes and will double the number of UK children living in poverty, according to a damning new report published today.
Research by Policy in Practice, on behalf of the Children’s Commissioner for England, found that policies like Universal Credit, the Two-Child Limit, and Benefit Cap affect 48% of households and will leave them worse off by £3,441 per year.
While Universal Credit will see 56% of households better by £172 a month compared to legacy benefits, 40% are set to lose £181 per month on average.
The report also found that Universal Credit advance payments will increase the number of households who face a cash shortfall at the end of each month by 63%, from 11.6% under Universal Credit to 18.9% once the advance payment is deducted from Universal Credit awards.
Meanwhile, the highly controversial Two-Child Limit, which restricts benefit eligibility to the first two children born to a family, is predicted to affect 23.1% of children. The report warns that this cruel policy will leave 15.6% of children at risk of being pushed even deeper into poverty.
And the Benefit Cap affects 2.9% of households who lose £2,832 on average per annum.
Overall, the cumulative impact of all welfare reforms “is considerably greater than the impact of each reform in isolation”, the report says.'
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