Oxfam responds to Chancellor's Autumn Statement

Posted by Sarah Dransfield Senior Press Officer

5th Dec 2012

Responding to the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, Chris Johnes, Oxfam's Director of UK poverty, said:

"Despite the Chancellor's tough rhetoric on tax avoiders, it is once again the squashed bottom who will feel the biggest pinch.

"This fresh round of benefit cuts will pull the rug from under the feet of those already on the edge of destitution.

"The Government should be going further and faster in clamping down on tax avoidance rather than making the poorest people foot the bill for economic failure."

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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Sarah Dransfield, Oxfam press officer on 01865 472269, 07767 085636 or email: sdransfield@oxfam.org.uk



Notes to editors:

  • Tax avoidance and evasion costs the UK £32 billion a year whilst the total welfare spend on unemployment and sickness benefits accounts for £12.3 billion*.

Earlier this year Oxfam published: The Perfect Storm a report which looked at economic stagnation, the rising cost of living, public spending cuts, and the impact on UK poverty. The report highlighted the fact that:

  • Spending cuts hit the poorest tenth of the population 13 times harder than the richest tenth.
  • Seventy-two per cent of the benefit cuts which were announced in 2010 will be paid for by poor women.
  • Despite government rhetoric, to make work pay, more working age adults are finding themselves in poverty. Currently 6 in every 10 of the 7.9 million working-age adults in poverty are from working households.
  • The UK is the sixth richest country on earth, yet one in five of its people lives in poverty.

(*Jobseeker's Allowance Incapacity Benefit plus Employment and Support = £4.5 billion, Incapacity Benefit plus Employment and Support Allowance = £7.8 billion. Source: 'Autumn 2011: Benefit expenditure by benefit', DWP)

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