The Government’s own Work and Pensions Minister, Esther McVey MP has stated that the Government’s decision to cap a wide range of welfare benefits to 1%, will see 200,000 more children in poverty by 2015-16. She said:
‘We estimate that the uprating measures in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 will result in around an extra 200,000 children being deemed by this measure to be in relative income poverty compared to uprating benefits by CPI.’
I raised this issue during the debate on the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill in the Commons yesterday with the Work and Pensions Secretary. His disappointing response can be found here.
Once again the[is Government that claimed it would tackle child poverty is taking decisions that mean more children will be in poverty.