Growing concerns that the poor families with children are going to bear the brunt of the changes to the tax and benefit system announced in the by the UK Government in their emergency budget in June were underlined by new research from the Institute of Fiscal Studies released today.
This is problematic as CRFR research has shown that issues associated with poverty can add up to make it difficult for families and young children. A recent report of an analysis of data from the Growing up in Scotland (GUS) study demonstrated that low income cannot be isolated from other disadvantage in terms of negative impact on children’s development.
A further CRFR study, Life in low income families, showed that the effects of living in poverty are complex. Children living in the most deprived areas are more likely to have experienced long term health problems, poor general health, accidents, behavioural problems and language development difficulties.
Life in Low income families
Growing Up in Scotland: The Circumstances of Persistently Poor Children Summary Report
Institute of Fiscal Studies
The distributional effect of tax and benefit reforms to be introduced between June 2010 and April 2014: a revised assessment