Yesterday the Children’s Society published a report on the possible impact of the Benefit Cap. What the report has exposed is the potential impact on the poorest of children in our nation. In seeking to tackle an issue about adults it would appear that the government may have failed to consider seriously the children who would be impacted as well. Whilst it is calculated that 69,000 adults will be affected the number of children is around 205,000. Now children are always affected by the behaviour and actions of their parents, this cannot be avoided. However in planning changes to any benefit scheme surely there is a responsibility to consider the impact on the most vulnerable, namely those who are unable to do anything to change the situation; in this case the children.
It is to be sincerely hoped that those responsible for the policy look carefully again at the impact on children and consider how this might be handled differently. Child poverty in our land remains a scandal. It is the task of government to help the whole of society to work to end child poverty; it must therefore ensure that its policies contribute to the eradication of poverty not worsening the situation for those children who are already enmeshed in poverty.