Sixty Church of England bishops along with leaders of other religious groups, are urging ministers to rethink the two-child benefits cap.
In a letter to the Times, they say the policy is likely to tip an extra 200,000 children into poverty.
Changes limiting some benefits to the first two children in a family came into effect last year.
The government says parents on benefits should face the same financial choices as those in work.
Under the current rules, parents can claim child tax credits or universal credit only for their first two children unless there are special circumstances.
Campaigners say the policy could leave some families almost £3,000 a year worse off.
Among the signatories to the letter are senior representatives from Jewish and Muslim groups as well as other Christian organisations.
- The new Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Sarah Mullally
- Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain
- Gillian Merron, chief executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
They write: “It is a grave concern that there are likely to be mothers who will face an invidious choice between poverty and terminating an unplanned pregnancy.”
They warn that the policy “conveys the regrettable message that some children matter less than others, depending on their place in the sibling birth order”.
They suggest that many families will have taken decisions on family size while they were still earning enough to support their children but may now have to claim benefits because of redundancy, bereavement or illness.
The Right Reverend Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, said: “A combination of low pay, unstable jobs and high housing and living costs are locking families in a daily struggle to put food on the table.
“It is simply not right that some children get support and others don’t.
“We share a moral responsibility to make sure that everyone in our country has a decent standard of living and the same chances in life, no matter who they are or where they come from.
“The government has an opportunity to right this wrong by removing its two-child limit policy. We urge the prime minister to address this burning injustice.”
A report published with the letter by the End Child Poverty Coalition, Child Poverty Action Group and the Church of England says the policy’s full impact has yet to be seen.
Some 160,000 families with new-born babies are already up to £2,780 a year worse off than if their youngest child had been born in the previous year, says the report.
And, from February 2019, the two-child limit will also apply to families with three or more children who make a new claim for universal credit, irrespective of when their children were born.
By 2020, an estimated 640,000 families, including around 2 million children, will be affected, it adds.
Child Poverty Action Group chief executive Alison Garnham said the link between need and benefit entitlement had been broken by the policy.
“A year in, the government should reconsider this policy before more families are pulled below the poverty line.”
Borrowed this from a friend from Pam Briggs on Facebook which makes lots of sense.
This is one of the worst governments in recent years. They are pushing cuts on the poorest in society.. and those who bust their gut working a full week for minimum wage.. while rewarding themselves with a decent pay rise…. and sadly, they don’t see this as a problem. May has no issue with it, because she doesn’t care.. all she wants is to lead the conservatives, and she will do whatever it takes to keep her party happy.. and when you are surrounded by men who have lived a life of privilege since birth.. they simply don’t have a clue about everyday life for the majority of people, you have a government that ‘thinks’ it is doing okay…. until poverty gets so bad and we end up in another recession… and still they think it is all good.. only it isn’t.
I mean, given the government are spending more money on sanctioning people than it costs to pay those people their bloody benefits you have to wonder where their brains are? While sneaking in hefty cuts to working people through universal credit, the cuts that were voted against because it was going to cause severe poverty to a lot of families… because wages are so damn low compared to the cost of living.
I just don’t get how anyone can support this government.
The children of today are our future of tomorrow as the saying goes however this government continues to fail our children future by not addressing child poverty. It’s been purported by the press children are filling their pockets with food in day and age welcome back to the Victorian age or to the time of Oliver Twist during the period of poorhouse. According to Child Poverty Action Group and National Education Union survey extreme child poverty is getting worse across Britain and schools are having to help take care of children. Schools are regularly providing sanitary products, buying shoes and coats and even giving families emergency loans. Since 2012 the Conservatives have cut spending on children’s services by almost £1 Billion. This has left vulnerable children and families struggling without the services they need – like essential Sure Start Centres which have been closing down at an alarming rate. While slashing support for those that need it most, the Tories have been dishing out tax breaks for the privileged few at the top. This has to change. We’ve got a plan to properly fund our children’s services – it’s time the Tories listened. See links below:
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Oh dear here is another u-turn from the conservatives who were adamant they will force though to cut housing benefits for under 21. The conservatives says one thing then when they cant get their wicked way they implement Labour policies, you cant trust them on welfare. Labour position is to reinstate housing benefits to under 21. see link below:
Sure Start children’s centres in England have closed in the remaining centres service for families are “hollowed out and no longer within pram-pushing distance”. The report says 3,632 centres with official data showing 509 of those have now closed but it says it is an underestimated. A shortage of special needs funding means growing numbers of children are being left without suitable school places. Official statistics showed 4,050 special needs pupils were without a place in 2017 in England. It’s a disgrace that pupils are sent home because council are being starved of funds for them.
Oh Conservatives, Oh Conservatives, Oh Conservative Govt, when will you learn that food, energy, council tax, rent, water, tv license, MOT, soup kitchens and food banks, continue to increase, voters are asking themselves where are their hard earn tax money going to under the Conservative Government. Voters are facing hardship to make ends meet whilst they don’t see an increase in their salary in real terms and all they read in the press about is austerity. This government penalize ordinarily working people just for making ends meet and they are saying where is the justice in it. The conservatives are adamant that they are the party for the working class, but in reality they strongly favor their fatcat millionaire friends to bail them out by digging very deep in their heavy pockets by pretending to care about us lay a-bouts who think they who them something in return they continue to drop a few more crumbs of the table in the full knowledge that they are hoodwinking voters by dangling a carrot in front of them and if you seen the advert on television about purchasing a razor the customer complains about the price and cashier mentions about the free gift comes with it only for him to be punched between the legs and face that’s how it feels from the Conservatives.
Conservatives say they are the party of public services in reality they are the party of cuts and you have finally twig on that they are cutting the bobbies on the beat, and Local Government are expected to maintain statuary services on the cheap then have the cheek to say “We are all in it together”. This is Thatcherism at its best comes to mind under Cameron and May since Maggie Thatcher forced thorough compulsory competitive tendering(CCT) on to councils, there has been a sharp decrease in our beloved public services which be privatized by them. We will no longer recognize public services as we once knew it once was in the next 15 years. This government would rather have the American style of services ran by American style mayoral positions to rid it from central government which is bad news to put it in the hands of mayors to decide which service can make a profit to be sold off to the private sector.
After having analyzing the pros and cons of the conservatives policies I can only come to the conclusion that they don’t care about our children’s future they are the party for big businesses and toff nose and I urge all to vote for change vote Labour in the Local Elections 2018