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[Editorial] UK welfare reform: disastrous for the poorest children

The UK Government has an ambitious plan to reduce deficits in the UK’s economy. However, this quest for recovery might be at the expense of the poorest and most vulnerable groups in society. Last week, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Health in All Policies released the findings from their inquiry into the effects of the proposed Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015–16 on child poverty and child health. The Bill sets out several changes to the UK welfare system, including reducing the benefit cap, freezing some benefits for 4 years, and restricting the amount of support provided by child tax credits—changes that will hit the poorest people the hardest.

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