Impact of benefit cuts on children

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A constituent who lives on a council estate in London and does voluntary youth and community work has written in about "the children whose lives will be thrown into turmoil by these benefit cuts that will change the course of their families lives". She asks: "What is being done to minimise the negative impact that huge changes of location, schooling, increased financial instability, greater debt and no doubt increased poverty widening the gap between the life chances of the rich and poor will have on these already disadvantaged children? Do those in decision making positions feel confident that they have put themselves in the shoes of these children and have fully understood the impact of their policies on the next generation? How have they done this in the process of their decision making?" Please can you comment on her questions with respect to London?


Answer for Impact of benefit cuts on children

Answer for Impact of benefit cuts on children

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My concern is to do all I can to take Londoners out of poverty and dependence on benefits and to improve the life chances of disadvantaged children, for instance through driving up employment opportunities and apprenticeships, promoting the London Living Wage, and improving standards in schools.