Maternity is a time when workers need to know the welfare state will be there for them. And babies can really be harmed by parents’ poverty, damaging their future health and life prospects. Support to people raising young children is one of the minimum standards we expect from any benefits system. That’s what makes the nearly £1.5bn of cuts that we’ve seen to maternity benefits and support for babies so scandalous.
Read TUC’s Richard Exell’s blog at Touchstoneblog.org.uk