Briefings and consultation responses

  • The politics of the child poverty measurement consultation

    February 2013

    Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of CPAG, has written this week in Children and Young People Now about the politics of the government's child poverty measurement consultation.

    She argues that through its consultation, the government is trying to legitimate a new indicator of child poverty that would not be sensitive to changes in income. As a result, the new measure would obscure the impact of cuts to benefits on the fortunes of low income families.

  • CPAG's response to the child poverty measurement consultation

    February 2013

    CPAG has today issued its response to the government consultation on child poverty measurement. In it we make it clear that we object to the government’s new proposed measure on three grounds.

  • Response to GLA Economy Committee on Adult careers services

    February 2013

    The Greater London Authority's Economy Committee is consulting on adult careers services. This response sets out why CPAG believes that these should focus on parents.

  • Judicial Review: proposals for reform - CPAG's response to the Ministry of Justice consultation

    January 2013

    In January 2013, the Ministry of Justice conducted a consultation excerise on its proposals for reform of judicial review. Judicial review is a critical check on the power of the state, providing an effective mechanism for challenging the decisions of public bodies to ensure that they are lawful.

    CPAG believes that the proposals in the consultation will damage access to justice and the rule of law, while there is no evidence that they will achieve the government’s aims of reducing the burden on public services or removing the unnecessary obstacles to economic recovery.

  • The Double Lockout: How low income families will be locked out of fair living standards

    January 2013

    This report, published on the eve of the second reading of the Welfare Benefits Up-Rating Bill 2012-13, reveals that the government’s welfare benefit uprating legislation is based on bogus claims and is a poverty-producing bill that will further exclude the poorest workers, jobseekers, carers and disabled people from the mainstream of society.

  • CPAG Briefing on Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill (HoC Second Reading, 8 Jan 2013)

    January 2013

    The Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill has its Commons Second Reading on 8 January 2013.

    This CPAG briefing covers the following key concerns:

    • Social security and tax credits should keep up with the cost of living.
    • Failing to uprate in line with inflation will increase absolute child poverty, relative child poverty and the material deprivation of children.
    • The Bill fails the Fairness Test in regard to income distribution.
    • The Bill fails the Fairness Test for the working poor, as well as for the jobseeking, caring and disabled poor.
  • CPAG Briefing for Autumn Statement 2012

    December 2012

    A full media briefing for the Autumn Statement on 5 December 2012, the needs of low income families that the Chancellor must address, and other related background information and resource.

  • Young people's thoughts on child poverty policy

    December 2012

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    Five groups of young people from some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in England have produced their own local area child poverty strategies: Gateshead, Liverpool, Manchester, Tower Hamlets, and Westminster.  This report presents all of their ideas. 

  • Ending Child Poverty by 2020: Progress made and lessons learned

    December 2012

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    In this landmark report, CPAG has brought together leading academics and campaigners to reflect on the progress made towards ending child poverty in the UK, as well as to consider the risks for the future.

  • We can work it out: parental employment in London

    November 2012

    Child poverty in London is mostly explained by the low rates of parents in paid employment. In London, 17.2 per cent of children live in workless households, compared with 15.1 per cent in the UK as a whole; over half of lone parents in London are out of work, compared with 38 per cent in the UK. But this report shows that low parental employment rates in London are not an intractable problem. Many more parents in London have moved into work in recent years, and many more could do so if this were made a priority for local, regional and central government.