Families the losers from spending cuts

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FAMILIES with children will be hardest hit by government spending cuts, South Yorkshire MP Ed Miliband has warned.

Research commissioned by the Labour party suggests couples with children stand to lose around £2,500 worth of public services annually – more than £1,000 more than those without children.

Families where the main breadwinner is aged 25 to 29 will lose the equivalent of 12 per cent of their income if they have children.

Party leader Mr Miliband told a conference of Labour councillors in London: “We have always assumed our children, the next generation, would do better than us. But there is now a real fear the British promise will be broken and the next generation will find it harder to get on than the last.”

Mr Miliband said his party’s by-election victory in Barnsley last week showed Labour is “on the move” while the Lib Dems were “humiliated” in sixth place.

He said: “I think it’s becoming clear to voters there are only two directions for the future of our country.”