PARENTS

Families With Newborns Hardest Hit By Government Cuts

09/03/2011 18:31 | Updated 22 May 2015

family with newborn baby Families with newborns will be amongt the hardest hit by the Coalition Government's benefit reforms, says a report from the Family and Parenting Institute.

The new research claims expectant parents and families with small babies, families with parents in part-time employment who cannot find extra work, and large families on low incomes will all suffer because of the cuts.

The chief executive of the Institute, Dr Katherine Rake, said families were being asked to 'absorb much of the pain' of the benefit and tax changes.

She added families are already being hit financially by the rise in VAT, and the 'widely predicted increases in mortgage payments, rising inflation, and increases in food, fuel, clothing and energy bills.'

Those with new babies will be affected by the loss of the Child Trust Fund, the Health in Pregnancy Grant, and restrictions on the Sure Start Maternity Grant.

The cessation of the baby element of Child Tax Credits alone will mean total losses of £775.3 million to the families of 790,000 babies born each year.

Dr Rake added: 'The Prime Minister has said he wants to make the UK the most family-friendly society in Europe. This is a laudable ambition. Now his Government must explain how this will be delivered in an age of austerity.'

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