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Poor Families Hit Hardest by Covid-19, Charity and Church Warns

A new joint report by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Church has warned of ‘significant deterioration’ in living conditions for low-income families due to Covid. The report ‘Poverty in the Pandemic: The Impact of Coronavirus on Low-income Families and Children’ was based on an online survey of 285 low-income families and in-depth interviews with 21 of these families between May and August 2020 and offers an insight into the day-to-day impact of Covid on families.

The report’s key finding is that eight out of ten of the families say that they are in a worse position because of the pandemic and nearly half (48 per cent) report having a debt problem that was new or worse than before. CPAG has urged Government to increase child benefit by £10 a week, extend free school meals to all families receiving universal credit or working-tax credit, and abolish the benefit cap to protect families whose employment has been disrupted by the crisis.

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