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Reflections on the Budget 2015 Child Hardship Package

The 2015 Budget contained benefit rate increases forbeneficiaries with children and some minor adjustmentsto work-based child-related tax credits. The significance ofthese increases when other policies are taken into accountsuggests a reshuffling of money in which much of thedistributional effect will be minimal and offset. For childrenit resembles the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff ratherthan a structural review of child-related income policiesthat might be reformist, preventative and inclusive. The costto society is more complexity in the benefit system and acementing in of reliance on work-related child tax credits