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This squeeze on low income families is cruel—and unsustainable

Rising inflation will combine with crippling benefits cuts to push more children into poverty—unless the Chancellor acts in his autumn budget

By Alison Garnham  

Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images

In normal times, inflation holding steady goes a long way to protecting the living standards of ordinary families. But these are not normal times.

For the first time in the post-war period, the rising cost of essentials has not been accompanied by any increase in state support given to families with children. Between 2012 and 2019 benefits will have risen by only 3 per cent, while prices are projected to rise by 12 per cent.

New research for Child Poverty Action Group, “Cost of a…

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