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Three major anti-poverty charities are calling on the government to increase child benefits amid growing evidence that the coronavirus shutdown is disproportionately affecting poorer families.

Turn2usAction for Children and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have all called for families to receive an extra £10 or £20 a week for each child after research found that more than 10 million children – in nearly 6m households – are facing financial crisis due to the pandemic.

Citing ongoing problems, five-week waits to receive universal credit and delays to vouchers for free school meals, Action for Children has warned that many of the UK’s poorest families have little or no savings and have been left teetering on the brink.

Carol Iddon, the deputy chief executive at Action for Children, said the charity’s frontline staff were “battling to help frightened families come out the other side of this but are overwhelmed by the sheer desperation of those who are only a pay cheque away from no longer being able to keep their children warm and well fed”.

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source: The Guardian
published: 23 April 2020

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