The Children’s Commissioner for England, Maggie Atkinson, has said she is concerned that the benefits cap will have the "greatest impact" on "children living in families on low incomes".
In a statement she said:
There is emerging evidence from schools that some children are going hungry and do not have appropriate clothing because parents and carers can simply no longer afford them ...
I oppose measures which are likely to drive more children into poverty, reduce their life chances and restrict access to an adequate standard of living.
It is unacceptable that children should have to pay the price for the economic malaise of our country.
MPs have voted in favour of a Government measure to cap benefits rises. The Work Secretary says it will save £5bn from the welfare bill.
The Department for Work and Pensions has calculated the savings that the exchequer could expect if the benefit cap passes this evening.