Child Rights Impact Assessment of the 2013 Autumn Statement and 2014 Budget: Identifying and understanding the impact on children and young people

Carol Robinson, Sara Bragg, Jennifer Colwell

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Abstract

This project is based on the commitment given by the OCC to undertake Child Rights Impact Assessments (CRIA) on major legislative and/or policy developments. It follows the success of the CRIA of budget decisions:Including the 2013 Budget, and the cumulative impact of tax-benefit reforms and reductions in spending on public services 2010-2015 (OCC, 2013).Findings from this report demonstrated that, overall, the reforms had a significant impact on families with children. Given the significance of the cumulative impact of budgetary changes (CRIA, 2013), there is a pressing need to determine the impact of recent and forthcoming changes in public spending. The overall CRIA will include both quantitative and qualitative evidence, as well as legal analysis. The findings reported relate to the qualitative aspect of the analysis and are based on qualitative data collected through discussions with children, young people and parents/carers.The research aimed to identify and understand how changes to tax and benefits and in public spending, as outlined in the 2013 Autumn Statement and the 2014 Budget, have influenced and are likely to influence in the future the lives of children, young people and their parents/carers. Specifically, the project focused on understanding:i) The perspectives and experiences of a) children and young people under the age of 16, and b) young people over the age of 162 on how tax/benefit changes and changes to spending on public services and facilities have influenced, and are likely in the future to impact on the life experiences and on the rights of children and young people. The perspectives of children and young people relating to ways in which the government could spend money in order to improve the rights of children and young people were also sought.ii) The perspectives and experiences of parents/carers on how changes in family income as a result of tax/benefit changes, and changes to spending on public services and facilities have impacted, and are likely in the future to impact on decisions they make in relation to housing, employment and spending patterns. Their perspectives of the impact of these changes on the life experiences of themselves and on the rights of the children and young people for whom they care were also sought. Parents/carers were also asked to consider ways in which the government could spend money in order to improve the rights of children and young people.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrighton
Number of pages66
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • child rights
  • budget impact
  • impact assesment

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