Budget 2017: 3 policies that would help those most in need


15 charities have worked together to propose three policies for the budget on November 22, to help provide greater financial security for all.

Chief executives have written to the Prime Minister, and the proposals were also published in the Sunday Times on October 1.

What are the proposals?

  1. Make work pay: Restore Universal Credit work allowances (the level or earnings above which UC starts to be withdrawn)
  2. Fix Universal Credit delays: Pay UC after two weeks
  3. Help incomes to rise in line with living costs: End the freeze on Child Benefit and other social security payments such as Local Housing Allowances

Who is making this call?

  • Child Poverty Action Group
  • Church Action on Poverty
  • Community Links
  • Disability Rights UK
  • The Equality Trust
  • Family and Childcare Trust
  • Fawcett Society
  • Gingerbread
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • Refugee Council
  • Shelter
  • The Children’s Society
  • Trust for London
  • Women’s Aid
  • Women’s Budget Group


Creating a society that protects the vulnerable and shares the rewards of prosperity is an urgent national challenge. As organisations working closely with, and on behalf of, the many families and individuals facing financial insecurity we have come together to share our collective experience and expertise

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