Rising tax rates and increasing benefit cuts in Britain could lead to more and more babies being born under the poverty line, a family charity organization warned.
A recent report conducted by Family Action warned that the government's move to reduce the budget deficit by cutting down on benefits and tax credit support could backfire, affecting new parents and babies.
It went on to state that more than a million of the poorest families in the country will be affected by at least one cut among the various benefits schemes such as pregnancy grant, maternity grant, baby element of the child tax credit or the Child Trust Fund.
"The loss of these grants could be dire for many families and may force them into the arms of doorstep lenders. Many parents will be hit hard by measures which will disadvantage new babies at birth", Family Action chief executive Helen Dent said.