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Cuts misery for families with babies

Families with new babies will be among those hardest hit by the Coalition's cuts package, campaign groups claimed today.

The Family and Parenting Institute unveiled research that identifies families with children as susceptible to the impact of recent changes in welfare, tax and benefit reform.

The research cites three family types which could be hit with the changes. These groups are expectant parents and families with small babies, families with parents in part-time employment who cannot find extra work and large families on low incomes.

Dr Katherine Rake, chief executive of the Family and Parenting Institute, said: “Families are being asked to absorb much of the pain of the changes to UK tax and benefits. The Government must demonstrate an understanding of how these changes affect families of different types.”

According to the new data, families with new babies will be hit by the loss of the Child Trust Fund, the abolition of the Health in Pregnancy Grant, restrictions on the Sure Start Maternity Grant, and the abolition of the baby element of Child Tax Credits, representing a loss of £775.3m to families of 790,000 babies born each year.

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