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Universal credit cut will lead to more UK children in care – study

Academic modelling estimates removal of £20-a-week uplift will result in explosion in child poverty

About 1,500 additional UK children a year would be removed from their families and taken into care as a result of the explosion in child poverty caused by the removal of the £20-a-week universal credit uplift, a study has predicted.

The impact of the cut on already struggling families would drive a 5% increase in children in care and see 5,500 extra children placed on child protection plans, with thousands more formally classified as “in need” after being referred to social services.

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