Enver Solomon, Policy Director at The Children’s Society, said:
'The welfare reforms will have a dramatic impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of children, forcing many of them into greater hardship and damaging their futures. The cap on overall benefit entitlements will affect 210,000 children and could make as many as 80,000 homeless. It could also act as a driver for family break-up.
'The Children's Commissioner has sent a clear message to Government and parliament. The reforms, to be debated in the Lords later this month, are in conflict with our children's rights obligations and need to be urgently reconsidered. Ministers must amend the legislation if they want to meet their commitment to protecting the rights of children within policy'.
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Notes to editors
- The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.