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Here's Save the Children's response to the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bil - Chris Wellings, Save the Children’s Head of UK Policy, said: “Parents already struggling to get by will find it even harder to afford basics like food and clothing for their children as their income fails to keep pace with spiralling living costs. 1.6 million children are now growing up in extreme poverty, sometimes missing out on hot meals, decent clothing and a warm home to live in. Benefits and tax credits are there to help families reach a minimum standard of living. This decision today will make their lives even tougher.”

To arrange an interview with a Save the Children spokesperson please contact Rachel Bhatia: 0207 012 6469 or if you call is out of hours please contact 07831 650 409.

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