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Changes to child benefit are one of a number of changes the Government have made to the tax and benefits system. These changes also include substantial increases above indexation of the child element of the child tax credit in April 2011 and April 2012. Treasury analysis shows that modelled tax and benefit reforms announced since Budget 2010 may have a small reduction in child poverty in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
The Government have recently published their first Child Poverty Strategy, which covers the period 2011-14, and sets out the Government’s vision for every child to have the opportunity to realise their potential and stabilise the lives of particularly vulnerable families.