Up to 32,000 children in Scotland impacted by bereavement benefits cuts
Up to 32,000 children in Scotland will bear the brunt of Westminster cuts to bereavement benefits.
MPs are set to debate changes to the Widowed Parent’s Allowance this Thursday , 2nd March, which will make bereaved single parent families, left struggling financially, face further hardship under Westminster Government plans to slash the Widowed Parent’s Allowance. Changes to the payments, currently made until dependent children leave full-time education, mean from April 6, parents could receive just 18 months’ support.
Over the next 10 years up to 32,000 children in Scotland, whom its predicted will lose a parent due to bereavement, will bear the brunt of Westminster cuts to bereavement benefits. Cuts which mean the average working single parent family will be £12,000 worse off than under the current scheme and over £30,000 for families with the youngest children. (Source: Childhood Bereavement Network )
OPFS has written to all Scottish MP’s (see letter here) and is calling on the Government to pause the introduction of the new Bereavement Support Payment scheme, bring forward the review to which it has committed, and work across parties in order to come up with a solution that mixes the best of the old and the new system, supports those with children for longer, and is fair to those children whose parents weren’t married. Email your MP about the cuts.