Margaret Greenwood MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the Chancellor’s decision not to lift the benefits freeze this year, said:

“Behind the Brexit headlines yesterday, the Chancellor chose to press on with austerity for millions of low-income families by allowing the benefits freeze to continue for the fourth year.

“The benefits freeze is the single biggest driver of rising poverty levels. Families with children will be hundreds of pounds worse off next year as a result.

“Labour will end the benefits freeze and make tackling child poverty the priority it should be once again.”

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