Child poverty groups have joined fierce Conservative and Liberal Democrat condemnation of Labour's£1 billion plans...
Child poverty groups have joined fierce Conservative and Liberal Democrat condemnation of Labour's £1 billion plans to replace child benefit for older teenagers with a means- tested education or training allowance, targeted at low and middle income families whose children currently drop out of school.
The Guardian (21 Sept p2) claimed delighted Tory election planners dubbed it 'a new teenage tax' while child poverty analysts, including Professor Ruth Lister, who sat on Labour's Social Justice Commission, warned deserving families could be hit.
In a blueprint for raising skills via work-based or the schools/college route, Labour plans to use the £600m spent on post-16, plus £400 million spent in Youth Training allowances to re-focus public funds to the less well off.
The money, still paid to mothers, will only go to those whose children are in meaningful education or training.