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With the government viewed as out of touch with families on low incomes, the mood could yet turn against austerity.
Children are not a private luxury but the future workers and taxpayers of this country. Labour should pledge to reverse the fall in the value of child benefit.
Regardless of the actual levels of need, the poor will lose out under the Chancellor's cap.
Labour must prioritise investment in universal childcare alongside income support, rather than simply trading one off against the other.
Raising benefits by less than the rate of inflation is a poverty-producing policy.
Sixty per cent of welfare cuts made in this parliament will fall on the working poor.