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MPs investigate child poverty - send your views

Monday 8th February 2021

A new inquiry on child poverty has been set up by a group of cross-party MPs that make up the Work and Pensions Select Committee. 

You can send your views on this topic to the Committee.

Official figures show that even before the coronavirus pandemic, child poverty affected more than four million children.

Contact's own research of census data shows that when compared to non-disabled children, disabled children are more likely to live in a household without a car, in a home without central heating and in overcrowded accommodation. 

That's why we think it's important that the committee look at the impact of poverty on disabled children and their families too. 

The initial focus of the Committee will be on the best way to measure child poverty and how the DWP works with other Government departments and local authorities to reduce the number of young people living in poverty.

How you can get involved

Send your views as part of the inquiry.

You don't have to answer all of the questions. The deadline for submissions is Thursday 25 February.

If you need the committee to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to send your views, please contact them via email on workpencom@parliament.uk or call 020 7219 8976/text relay 18001 020 7219 8976

How Contact works to reduce child poverty

We do this by helping families to navigate an overly-complex benefit system, which so often means families miss out on vital financial support such as Disability Living Allowance.

Last year we boosted family incomes on average by almost £5,000 per year after a call to our family finances helpline.

Try our Common Questions Tool, use our benefits calculator or make a call to our helpline for specialist benefits advice - 0808 808 3555 (9.30am-5pm, Monday-Friday).