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Campaigners and experts warn Chancellor against further benefit cuts, 03/12/12 [W/E/S/NI]

Children in Wales has signed an open letter published in The Independent newspaper today, warning the UK Government that the freeze on benefit payments expected to be announced in this year’s Autumn Statement will push many families further into poverty.

Chancellor George Osborne has said that he will use cuts to benefits to reduce the economic deficit in public finances. However, the letter, which has been signed by more than 50 charities, unions and academics, warns that a below-inflation rise in benefit payments will mean even tougher choices for those on low incomes. This will push many families deeper into poverty, as the cost of living rises, with many unable to heat their homes and afford the basics such as food and clothes.

This is similarly expected to have a bad effect on the economy as a whole, as low-income families have even less money to make everyday purchases.

Signatories to the letter are particularly worried that 800,000 children are expected to be living in poverty by 2020.

You can read the news story here, and the open letter  here.

Children in Wales co-ordinates the End Child Poverty Network Cymru, a coalition of concerned organisations and individuals who wish to see the eradication of child poverty in Wales. To find out more about this area of our work, please visit http://www.childreninwales.org.uk/areasofwork/childpoverty.html