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Action for Children responds to Chancellor’s measures to tackle rising energy bills

Thursday 03 February 2022
Sad cold child wearing yellow jumper looking out window

'The help announced for these families today won’t be enough. We’re going to see more children going hungry...'

Imran Hussain, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Action for Children, said: ‘Soaring energy prices are the latest battle for low-income families already locked in a permanent cost of living crisis. We welcome the government is taking action, but the proposals outlined today are poorly targeted.

‘Just over 100 days ago, the families we help lost £1,000 a year in Universal Credit, and will now have nearly £700 a year added to their bills. The help announced for these families today won’t be enough. We’re going to see more children going hungry as parents struggle to make ends meet.

‘The best way to help those most affected such as low-income families with children is through the benefits system, rather than council tax, which is measured on out-of-date property values, not on income.’

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Media contact:

Huw Beale, Action for Children – 07718 114 038 / [email protected]

Out of hours – 07802 806 679 / [email protected]

NOTES TO EDITORS

Action for Children protects and supports vulnerable children and young people by providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. With 512 services across the UK, in schools and online, in 2020/21 we helped 604,885 children, young people and families. actionforchildren.org.uk