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Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:03 pm on 20th July 2015.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 8:03 pm, 20th July 2015

As my hon. Friend Helen Jones described, people’s circumstances can change. People do not have a complete and perfect forecast of how their life is going to pan out, which is why we need a safety net. The problem is that a child living in a family with more than two children is 50% is more likely to be living in poverty than the average. Some 35% of the children in this country who live in poverty live in those families, so these measures are precisely targeted at those children. The measures will increase the number of children affected and deepen the poverty they face.