Remove the ceiling on family allowances to lift families out of poverty, urged the government
The government’s own social mobility advisers have urged the Prime Minister to remove the limit on allowances for two children and increase family allowances by £ 10 per week per child.
The move would benefit 1.5 million children and raise them above the bread line.
In a report, the Social Mobility Commission called for disadvantaged children to be placed “center stage” in the government’s stimulus plan.
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The news comes after the government announced plans to cut the additional £ 20 per week universal credit people were entitled to during the pandemic.
The commissioners said ministers must “act now to save the next generation from decades of hardship”, adding in the report: “Now is not the time to cut public spending.”
They also warned that one in three children now live in child poverty, which equates to 4.3 million. This is a huge increase of 700,000 from March 2012.
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The report says children are “penalized” for being born into large families.
The Social Mobility Commission estimates that the £ 14 billion package that will be used for the benefit system will lift 1.5 million children out of poverty and help alleviate the extreme poverty of millions more.
Other Commissioners’ proposals include investing in education to reduce the gap in academic achievement between disadvantaged and privileged children and to build three million social homes over the next 20 years.
Committee Acting Co-Chair Sandra Wallace said: “Now is the time to act and we must not back down from tough decisions.
“Now is the time to improve opportunities for children across the country. Ending child poverty and investing significantly in education are two of the most impactful and influential things the UK government can do to improve social mobility ”.
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