Brave New Labour

Why is anybody going to vote for this bunch ?

“The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has criticised Labour’s decision to cut child benefit for families who have already born the brunt of austerity. The benefit has already lost 14% of its real value in this parliament.

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has criticised Labour’s decision to continue to uprate child benefit at a sub-inflation rate until 2016/17. Commenting today, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“The Shadow Chancellor may plan to re-peg child benefit to inflation in the long run but it’s a bitter disappointment to learn that hard-pressed families must take another blow in the short term. Families with children have borne the brunt of austerity – child benefit will have lost 14% of its value over the course of this parliament. (1)

Another two years of lost value will mean families will be £190 a year worse off for their first child and £125 for any subsequent children by 2016/17. We look forward to seeing the Shadow Chancellor’s plan for following through on his commitment to reducing child poverty in future.”

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