More than 2 million children live in families that are cutting back their spending on food, clothing or heating as a result of government decisions to impose cuts in real terms on child-related benefits, new research finds.

Rates of both child benefit and child tax credits have been pegged at less than the cost of living for the past three years, causing one in five families to struggle to provide living essentials, according to the End Child Poverty coalition.

It has called on the government to introduce a “triple-lock” guarantee similar to that applied to the state pension to ensure children’s benefits rise in line with prices, earnings or by 2.5%, whichever is the higher.

Source: More than 2 million children in families struggling to pay for essentials – report | UK news | The Guardian