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Law Centre NI adds to calls to increase child benefit

Law Centre NI Director, Ursula O’Hare, has joined a group of 28 organisations from the community and voluntary sector to call for the immediate increase of child benefit to ¬£50 per child per week.

The organisations co-signed a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, after seeing at first hand the extreme financial consequences Coronavirus (Covid-19) is having across the country.

The letter goes on to state that the impact of increasing child benefit to £50 per child per week would be enhanced even further if accompanied by a number of other steps including:

  • Abolishing the two-child limit to universal credit and tax credits.
  • Removing the benefit cap.
  • Ending the five week wait for universal credit.

You can find a copy of the letter here.