Gingerbread response to the Autumn Statement

Posted 25 November 2015

Despite campaigning successes, new budget will still contain policy changes that hurt single parents.

Speaking in response to the Autumn Statement, Gingerbread Chief Executive Fiona Weir said:

“Both Gingerbread and campaigners up and down the country who have fought hard to overturn the planned cuts to tax credits should be pleased at the outcome. However, this announcement only covers the first phase of tax credit cuts, due to kick in next year.

“Single parent families on universal credit will still suffer cuts to the support they receive if the planned reduction in the work allowance goes ahead. This cut, alongside plans to restrict tax credits to the first two children in a family, is outlined in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill currently going through parliament.

“The devil is always in the detail and in the coming days we will be analysing his statement in order to understand what the full impact on single parent families will be over the course of this parliament.”

ENDS

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