Turn2us comments on Autumn Statement 2013

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Alison Taylor, Director of Turn2us, comments on the Autumn Statement.

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In response to the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, Alison Taylor, Director of Turn2us said:

"The announcement that the economy is showing signs of recovery is undoubtedly good news. However, this will be cold comfort to the 13 million people still struggling in poverty, and seeing no sign of this recovery in the face of spiralling living costs and falling incomes.

"An extension of free school meals and an increase in the income tax threshold is certainly a step in the right direction and will help those families who are faced with the dilemma of paying rising bills or feeding the family.

"Factors such as job loss, family breakdown and illness are just a few of the unforeseen circumstances which can strike at any time and have a serious impact on household income. This is why the safety net of welfare benefits can be a crucial lifeline. However, the introduction of a cap on welfare spending, which would include tax credits and disability benefits, could place an even greater strain on households. Anyone who is worried about their situation should use our free tools and information to see if they could be eligible for any financial help.

"With living standards being further damaged in the face of continued spending cuts, the effects could be felt for years to come. It is important that people in financial need are not left behind."

About Turn2us:

  • Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face-to-face through our partner organisations.
  • The Turn2us website, www turn2us org uk, is designed to help people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, charitable grants and other help.
  • The website has a number of tools to make the process simpler, including a Benefits Calculator, Grants Search database and a ‘find a benefits adviser’ tool to help locate someone to speak to.

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