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– Planned Housing Benefits Cuts Forecast to Exacerbate Child Poverty

New research conducted by Cambridge University on behalf of the housing association Shelter has concluded that the government’s cuts in housing benefits will exacerbate the living conditions of the 54,000 children already living below the poverty line.


The study claims that families will be left with less than £100 a week to cover all their outgoing costs including bills, transport and food.


Campbell Robb, Shelter’s Chief Executive, said, “As a result of these cuts, many families are going to face a stark choice between eviction and possible homelessness, or finding cheaper accommodation. Unfortunately, most will find the only housing they can afford will be either substandard or lead to overcrowded conditions”.


John Healey, Shadow Housing Minister, said Shelter’s report “As more and more damning evidence emerges of the impact these cuts will have, the government must urgently re-think its proposals or thousands of children will suffer the consequences”.

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