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Make Budget “first step” on road to investing in children’s futures, says Save the Children

Commenting on Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget statement, Gwen Hines, Chief Executive of Save the Children, said:     

“Reducing the Universal Credit taper rate and increasing the Work Allowance will mean that working parents will be able to keep more of their earnings. Alongside the increase to the minimum wage, this will ease the financial pressure on some families. 

“But these measures aren’t a replacement for the £20 increase to Universal Credit, particularly for those whom the government accepts aren’t in a position to work, including people with disabilities or caring responsibilities. Millions of parents will continue to worry about how to heat their homes and fill their cupboards this winter. 

“The Chancellor has recognised the cost-of-living crisis that families are facing and has introduced measures to support working families. But rather than an endpoint, this Budget must be the first step towards systematic investment in all children’s futures.” 

Commenting on the announcement of a £500m support package for families and the extension of the Holiday Activities and Food programme, Gwen said:   

“We welcome the £500 million investment in family support services, including Family Hubs, but much more is needed to ensure all children get the best start. Early intervention is key and this funding will have a far greater impact if it is used to support families before they reach crisis point, rather than for late interventions for families with complex needs. 

"The extension of the Holiday Activities and Food Programme shows that the government recognises the importance of providing vulnerable children with nutritious food during the school holidays, supporting their learning and development and preventing them from falling behind their peers." 



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