It is estimated that THOUSANDS of young people in Brighton are living in families affected by child benefit caps.
It limits Universal Credit and tax credit allowances, worth £2,935 a year, to the first two children in a family unless they were born before 6 April 2017, when the directive came into force.
The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is demanding that the government end policies that push families into poverty.
Figures from the Department for Works and Pensions show 910 households with three or more children in Brighton and Hove received Universal Credit and 890 child tax credits in April – 1,790 in total.
CPAG estimates this means 2,896 children in families are affected by the directive – out of 1.2 million across the UK.
The two-child limit is one of the biggest drivers of rising child poverty, and its effects are amplified as the cost of living rises.
Alison Garnham, chief executive of the charity, said the first installment of the £650 emergency living cost payment was not enough to halt policies that are pushing families deeper into poverty.
She added: “The two child limits increase the pain for affected families.
“One in 12 children is suffering the consequences of this brutal policy – their health, development and well-being are at risk.
“If every child counts, not just a few, politics must be abolished.”
Kate Andersen, of the Benefit Changes and Larger Families project, said: “While parents are doing everything they can to prevent children being hit by the two-child line, the policy is making it almost impossible for affected families to meet their basic needs.
“The directive causes social and emotional harm and can increase tensions within the household.
“We know that this damage is likely to have long-term negative consequences for children’s physical health, social, behavioral and emotional development, cognitive development, and academic achievement.”
The DWP said over eight million households receiving benefits will receive the first installment of the £650 cost of living payment, with millions receiving at least £1,200 in additional support.
A spokesman said: “This policy means families on welfare must make the same financial decisions as families who are solely dependent on work, including considering our comprehensive childcare offering for working parents and child support for all children.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20288712.thousands-brighton-children-affected-two-child-benefits-limit/?ref=rss Thousands of Brighton youngsters are being hit by the two child capacity limit