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A lifeline for our children: Strengthening the social security system for families with children during this pandemic

By June 19, 2020National News

This briefing from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation working with Save the Children says that this pandemic has shone a light on the experiences of families and children in poverty in the UK. They are working together on new research and analysis into people’s experiences and share a joint mission to ensure families are supported through the lockdown and beyond it, and to prevent increasing numbers of children being pulled into poverty. 

Together they are advocating for the UK Government to extend the social security lifeline for families with children, to ease the intense financial pressures of the coronavirus pandemic. Families are struggling to weather the storm of the coronavirus crisis as income losses and rising costs are pulling them under.

This new research into the experiences of families with children claiming Universal Credit or Child Tax Credit has shown that the crisis is causing 7 in 10 of these families to cut back on essentials, 6 in 10 to borrow money and over 5 in 10 to be behind on rent or other essential bills. 

Too many children are going without due to income losses and the pressure that the lockdown has put on already overstretched budgets. Whilst the economy and the labour market recovers, it is more important than ever that our social security system anchors families so they can weather this storm. 

You can download the briefing here (opens in a new window) 

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