An adequate standard of living: a child rights based quantitative analysis of budgetary decisions 2010-13

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Reed, Howard; Elson, Diane; Himmelweit, Sue
Office of the Children's Commissioner
Date of publication
27 June 2013
Children and Young People, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This analysis describes the cumulative impact of tax-benefit reforms and reductions in public expenditure between 2010 and 2015. The work was carried out by a team from Landman Economics who have drawn on extensive expertise in economic analysis and human rights to examine the impact on children and families of all the changes to tax, tax credits, welfare benefits and cuts in public expenditure. It has examined the financial impact of these measures and how they have affected families on different incomes, different types of family (size and number of parents), families with disabled children or adults, and families of different ethnicity. The financial impact measured was then analysed in the context of the Government’s international obligations to children’s economic welfare and wellbeing.

The analysis provides a comprehensive breakdown of the impact some of the Government’s key policies have had, and will have, on families with children. Despite some progressive policies the analysis shows that families with children have lost more as a result of the economic policies modelled than those without children, and that some of the most vulnerable groups have lost the most.

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