A local politician has said recent research carried out by the Institute of Fiscal Studies shows that in the next five years a record 5.2 million UK children will be forced into poverty due to UK Government welfare cuts.
These figures on child poverty are the highest ever recorded since records began in 1961. This sharp rise in child poverty figures is thought to be due to failing welfare policies such as benefit sanctions, the rollout of Universal credit and the family cap, particularly impacting those families that will be affected by the two-child limit on means tested benefits.
Local MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South Mhairi Black MP has condemned these figures, she said: “Current Tory welfare policy is designed to keep the most vulnerable in society in poverty and the UK Government paint a picture that these cuts are happening to strengthen our economy.
“Children are going to bed without dinner but we can afford to renovate palaces. Food banks are running out of supplies but this is ok because we have multi billion pound nuclear missiles. The hypocrisy that comes with Tory austerity is shocking and this is highlighted in the IFS research into child poverty.
“The good work that people, organisations and politicians have done to reduce child poverty over the years is at risk of being for nothing if Tory welfare cuts continue under the mask of the austerity agenda.”