Camphill Scotland supports call for emergency Covid-19 benefits for familiesType: News
Topic: Coronavirus | Policy and legislation
Published on: 7th April 2020
We were glad to be one of over 60 signatories to a letter from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) to the Chancellor, the Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, calling for a £10 per child weekly uplift in child benefit to help families through the COVID-19 crisis.
The letter states:
We welcome the steps taken so far to protect incomes in this time of great uncertainty. As well as protecting individual incomes, we are convinced there is more to do to meet the needs of the UK’s families, focused on meeting children’s needs, and easing some of the unexpected financial pressures families are grappling with now that most schools are closed and children are at home full-time.
We are calling for emergency support for children to ensure all parents can cover the basic costs of raising their children in the face of reduced income and before the new income protection measures can take effect. We have therefore come together to ask you to consider uplifting child benefit by £10 per child per week.