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14,000 children at risk of living in poverty, claim charity

PUBLISHED: 15:16 23 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:16 23 November 2015

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The Children’s Society claim proposed tax credit cuts could push family into poverty

Families across north west Kent are at risk of being pushed into poverty according to a children’s charity.

Cuts to tax credits, expected to be announced on Wednesday by the chancellor George Osborne, have raised concerns from The Children’s Society, who say it risks pushing many children into poverty.

In Dartford, 3,300 families will face cuts to tax credits, with 4,100 families in Gravesham also affected.

Between the two towns, the cuts will impact more than 14,000 children.

Currently more than 20 per cent of children in Dartford live in poverty, while more than a quarter of Gravesham children live in similar financial circumstances.

A YouGov survey in October revealed almost twice as many people think that David Cameron has broken a pre-election promise by cutting tax credits compared to those who do not.

Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children’s Society spoke out against the cuts.

He said: “Children will be the biggest losers if these deeply unfair cuts to working households go ahead.

“Parents would no doubt do what they could to shield their children from the impact.

“But the reality is that tax credits are vital for poorer families who work long hours to provide the basics for their children.

“Cutting their income in this way, by more than £1,000 a year, in many cases would risk pushing more children into poverty, as well as undermining incentives to move into work or earn more.”


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