Welfare cuts put kinship carers at poverty risk


Adults who bring up child relatives, saving the state billions in care costs, are threatened by tax credit cuts and benefit cap, says Family Rights Group (The Guardian).

Tens of thousands of kinship carers – adults who volunteer to bring up child relatives when parents are unable to do so – risk severe poverty, debt and losing their home as a result of welfare cuts, experts have warned.

Although kinship carers save the state billions of pounds each year in care costs and make significant personal sacrifices – an estimated two-thirds of kinship carers give up work to look after child relatives – many are threatened by tax credit cuts and the benefit cap.

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