Children’s minister warns welfare reforms could undermine young carers

 

The children’s minister has warned colleagues that the government’s welfare changes "appear to undermine" ministerial commitments to support children of disabled lone parents by cutting as much as £3,500 a year from benefit payments.

In a letter seen by the Guardian, the education department minister, Tim Loughton, points out to Lord Freud at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that the "planned changes in the welfare reform bill appear to undermine our efforts to ensure young carers are recognised and supported".

The letter – between two Conservatives – exposes divisions over how heavy a burden the poor and vulnerable should bear from the budget cuts. Many argue that slashing welfare payments to disabled lone parents means their children will be forced to spend more time caring and less time growing up.

Children’s minister warns welfare reforms could undermine young carers | Society | The Guardian

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