8th March 2017

Tory welfare reforms will push more children into poverty, the Institute for Fiscal Studies have said – with absolute child poverty projected to rise to 30% by 2021-22.

The increase is “entirely explained by the direct impact of tax and benefit reforms”, the IFS said.

The findings come in a new report on living standards, which also finds that the poorest 15% of the population are likely to have lower incomes in five years’ time.

The Scottish Government last month published a Child Poverty Bill which will introduce ambitious targets to reduce child poverty – after the Tories shamefully scrapped UK targets.

Commenting, Marion Fellows MP said:

“It is clear to see what impact Tory policies have on families across Scotland.

“The SNP are committed to tackling the deep-rooted causes of child poverty, and will introduce ambitious targets to reduce poverty rates – after the Tories shamefully scrapped the UK-wide legal targets.

“But while the Scottish Government uses its limited powers to mitigate Tory cuts on which we spend £100m a year, the Tories continue with their austerity obsession. It feels like one step forward and two steps back.

“The SNP would much rather target child poverty at its core rather than having to counter the impact of Tory policies.

“The last thing that struggling families need is further Tory austerity and cuts to their income. The Tories clearly think they can get away with doing what they want to families and to Scotland.”