IDS Doesn’t Know What Child Poverty Is

5 Mar

Same Difference

The bedroom tax is helping to reduce child deprivation, ministers have claimed.

A new draft child poverty strategy for 2014-17, which was launched by Iain Duncan Smith and education minister David Laws yesterday, lists the ‘removal of the spare room subsidy’ as one of the measures that is helping to improve the living standards of low-income families.

The document, which is out for consultation, says: ‘The removal of the spare room subsidy provides an incentive to tenants with spare rooms to move to smaller homes, while the introduction of HomeSwap Direct is helping tenants with too many and too few rooms to help each other.’

Matthew Reed, chief executive of the Children’s Society, said the inclusion of the bedroom tax in the strategy was ‘alarming’.

‘We know from our direct work with families that this will only make children poorer, for example…

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