Letter: Feeling the pinch?

Date published: 24 January 2017

Dear Editor,

A month after Christmas, many of us are feeling a bit strapped for cash, but for families struggling on a low income, feeling the pinch in the New Year can have more serious consequences.

Child benefit can be a lifeline for families living in poverty, helping them meet the costs of bringing up children that every family faces, but with child benefit frozen since 2010, and prices rising, families have little to fall back on.

With so little money spare would you prioritise healthy meals, a warm home, or a new pair of school shoes for your child? Low-income families are forced to make im-possible decisions like this every day.

The End Child Poverty Campaign is calling on the government to end the freeze on children’s benefits, and give families the support they need to afford the essentials every family needs.

Concerned readers can find out more about the campaign and email their Member of Parliament and ask them to petition the Chancellor to end the freeze on child benefits at:

Thank you.


Andrew Wastling

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