Boar­d­opposes‘anti-fam­ily’wel­fare­cut

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

THE BOARD of Deputies and strictly Ortho­dox char­ity In­ter­link have joined a coali­tion of Chris­tian groups in op­pos­ing wel­fare cuts, which they say will hit large fam­i­lies.

A brief­ing pa­per pre­pared for the House of the Lords, which is due to dis­cuss the pro­posal next week, de­scribes the mea­sures as “fun­da­men­tally anti-fam­ily”.

T h e i r c o n c e r n h a s b e e n trig­gered by plans in the Wel­fare Ref o r m a nd Work Bi l l t o l i mit low-in­come fam­i­lies to claim­ing tax cred­its for no more than two chil­dren.

A Board spokesman said that “this will ad­versely af­fect thou­sands of Jewish chil­dren in work­ing house­holds, with the pain be­ing felt par­tic­u­larly i n the Charedi com­mu­nity”.

The pa­per points out that the pro­posed cut “will dis­pro­por­tion­ately af­fect fam­i­lies where per­haps be­cause of the par­ents’ faith, there is a de­vout de­sire to avoid con­tra­cep­tion or abor­tion”.

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