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Benefit reform poverty threat

The Work and Pensions Secretary has unveiled plans to tackle the issue of young people in poverty.

But Save the Children claims reforms to the welfare system could push 250,000 children of working single parents deeper below the line.

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Government: 600,000 lone parents better off with Universal credit

Save the Children are wrong to assert that lone parents will lose as a result of the introduction of Universal credit - the truth is 600,000 lone parents will be better off under a system which will incentivise work and make work pay.

This is in stark contrast to the broken system this Government inherited which only rewards lone parents who work 16 hours or more.

Under Universal credit, 80,000 more families, including lone parents, will be able to claim childcare support - no matter how few hours they work."

– Department for Work and Pensions

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