1% Uprating: an extra 200,000 children in poverty
Hansard has just published poverty Minister Esther McVey’s answer to a written question from Chris Skidmore MP about the impact of the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill on child poverty. She told him that
We estimate that the uprating measures in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 will result in around an extra 200,000 children being deemed by this measure to be in relative income poverty compared to uprating benefits by CPI. [My emphasis.]
Remember that the Institute for Fiscal Studies has already forecast that, in 2015, the number of children in poverty will have risen to 2.9 million from the 2.5 million they inherited and that by 2020 it will have risen again, to 3.3 million. The latest figures are in addition to these increases. There will also be impacts on adult poverty and absolute poverty.
Hat Tip: Kate Bell at End Child Poverty