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Single mother worried about cuts to her income support

Poorer families will be hardest hit by tax and benefit changes aimed at cutting the deficit, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

It claims a couple with two children will lose out by £1,250 per year over the next five years.

The government insists it is taking practical steps to help but Labour calls it a "damning verdict" on the coalition's family policies.

Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire spoke to a single mother who lives in Middlesbrough. Annalise Higgins has two children, 5 and 7, and claims income support.

Victoria Derbyshire broadcasts weekdays 1000 to 1200 on Radio 5 live.

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  • 04 Jan 2012
  • From the section UK
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