CSAN: The Budget still fails the poorest

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Helen O’Brien, Chief Executive of CSAN, said “whilst the increased funds for children’s mental health services and support for small charities through Gift Aid regulations are welcome, significant further cuts for welfare and public spending in this year’s Budget Statement will fail to stop the squeeze on the most vulnerable.
If you look beyond the headlines, recent tax and welfare changes – changes CSAN has questioned for some time – have hit the poorest households hard.
For the CSAN member charities working on the ground, the impact of these changes on the people they support has been very real and very damaging.
We hoped this Budget would be focussed on helping the poorest people who have found it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.”


CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) is the domestic social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. CSAN comprises over 41 Catholic Charities which work across England and Wales supporting children living in poverty, homeless people, disabled people, Travellers, migrants, refugees, prisoners and other marginalised groups.
More information can be found at csan.org.uk