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Debbie Abrahams response to Joseph Rowntree Foundation report showing Tory Government’s two child limit for tax credits could push 200,000 children into poverty

Debbie
Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary,
commenting on the
Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, which shows the Tory Government’s two child benefit
limit could push 200,000 children into poverty, said:

“Labour
is calling on the Tories to scrap this inhumane policy, which will have a
devastating impact upon many families on the lowest incomes in our society.

“An
arbitrary cap on the number of children that the Government will help families
to bring up is not only cruel, but is bad policy. This evidence shows that it
will increase child poverty.

“As
90 per cent of lone parents are female it is a further example of how these six
years of wasted austerity have been borne on the backs of low income mothers.

“That’s
why Labour will stand up for low income families, including providing free
school meals to all primary school children.”