Universal Credit 'failing children' - Action for Children responds to NAO report

Posted by / Friday 15 June 2018 / Press release
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Action for Children – one of the UK’s largest children’s charities and which campaigns to improve the lives of 370,000 disadvantaged children, young people and families across the country - reacts to today’s NAO report (bottom) that reveals Universal Credit has taken significantly longer to roll out than intended and may cost more than the benefits system it replaces.

Imran Hussain, director of policy and campaigns at Action for Children, said:

“It’s clear Universal Credit is failing children and leaving many families on low incomes struggling to keep their heads above water, while offering little or no value for money to the taxpayer.

“By the end of this parliament, projections show over five million children will be living in poverty, due in part to the drastic cuts in dedicated support for working families. And hard as they try, it’s almost impossible for parents to give children the best start in life when they can barely afford to put food on the table.

“When you have a system that’s so complicated that even government advisers struggle to understand it, it’s time to rethink. We urge the government to move quickly to make the system simpler and fairer, and crucially, reverse the cuts which are crippling ordinary working families across the country.”

 

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For further information or interviews, please contact Huw Beale, senior media officer at Action for Children, on [email protected] or call 07718 114 038 (out of hours: 07802 806 679 / [email protected]).

 

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Action for Children helps disadvantaged children across the UK through fostering or adoption, by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse, by influencing policy, and by making life better for disabled children. With over 600 services the charity improves the lives of 370,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. actionforchildren.org.uk