Gordon Brown calls for two-child profit restrict is scrapped as he points dire youngster poverty warning

Former Labour PM Gordon Brown challenged the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to announce a multi-billion pound programme this yr in an emergency drive to deal with youngster poverty

Gordon Brown says there needs to be a 'root-and-branch review' of Universal Credit
Gordon Brown says there must be a ‘root-and-branch overview’ of Common Credit score(PA)

Gordon Brown has referred to as for the controversial two-child profit restrict to be axed as he demanded an pressing overview of austerity-era insurance policies.

The ex-Labour PM additionally challenged the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to announce a multi-billion pound programme this yr in an emergency drive to deal with youngster poverty. “That is pressing. We can not enable one other summer season, winter, autumn to cross with extra youngsters being pressured into poverty,” Mr Brown stated.




However in latest months the Tories’ rhetoric on advantages has hardened because the election approaches. In a joint article at present Mr Hunt and the DWP Secretary Mel Stride steered some persons are claiming unemployment advantages as a “life-style alternative” – regardless of MPs’ warnings claimants are unable to afford every day dwelling prices as a result of low ranges of funds.

Talking on the BBC Radio 4’s At the moment programme, Mr Brown stated the two-child profit restrict was misunderstood and needs to be “scrapped”. “It is not the third or the fourth youngster who’s the one youngster that loses out. It is each youngster as a result of the typical loss per household is about £60-per-week. A household on low pay or who’s struggling cannot afford to lose £60-per-week,” he stated.

He went on: “We have now acquired to re-think that. I am actually specializing in the September monetary assertion by the Chancellor as a result of that is an pressing downside. I feel you must make this a part of a overview that has to incorporate for instance the bed room tax, the profit cap, the housing profit restrict, all these modifications which were launched”.

He added: “A root-and-branch overview of Common Credit score that takes into consideration the inequities of the two-child rule which I feel has acquired to be scrapped, sure”.

His name to motion comes after Keir Starmer stated his social gathering wouldn’t change the coverage in a transfer that induced huge Labour divisions final yr. The Labour chief stated he was “not altering that coverage” in a 2023 interview – regardless of his Shadow DWP Secretary on the time describing it as “heinous”.

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