FAMILIES face a nightmare of suffering ahead due to “drastic” Tory cuts, leading charities warned in a joint statement yesterday.
Conservative cuts to benefits and services has removed the “safety net” that has kept millions off the streets, safe from hunger and protected from violence, the charities supporting women, children and race equality argued in the week of a make-or-break election for Britain’s future.
Women’s Resource Centre head Vivienne Hayes said: “A lot of life-saving services have had to lose staff, some have had to close.
“Refuges, hostels, community organisations — gone. Have politicians even noticed? The women who relied on them have noticed, I can tell you that.”
Children England chief executive Kathy Evans pointed out that more than 350 children’s centres have closed since 2010.
And Race Equality Foundation head Ratna Dutt added: “The introduction of universal credit will cut income of families with more than two children. This will have greater impact on black and minority ethnic families who are statistically more likely to have larger families.”