Child Poverty Act

  • The ‘un-politics’ of child poverty

    Issue 149 (Autumn 2014)

    In recent years there has been a great deal of political activity directed towards the goal of ‘eradicating’ child poverty in the UK. The Child Poverty Act enshrines this goal in law, two child poverty strategies have been published and, at times, a great deal of progress has been made. However, it now seems very likely that if current trends continue, the 2020 targets will be missed.

  • CPAG's response to the consultation on setting the 2020 persistent child poverty target

    August 2014

    This year the government is required by the Child Poverty Act 2010 to set a target it aims to achieve for persistent poverty in the UK by 2020. Read CPAG’s response to the consultation on this topic here.

  • Interview: Alan Milburn

    Issue 147 (Winter 2014)

    The Child Poverty Act 2010 requires the government to produce a strategy every three years, setting out the action it plans to take to end child poverty in the UK. Alongside this, the Act established an independent Child Poverty and Social Mobility Commission, tasked with the watchdog role of assessing government progress against the commitments set out in the plan. In the year in which the government must publish its vision for reducing child poverty over the next three years, Alan Milburn, Chair of the Commission, talks to CPAG’s Lindsay Judge and Moussa Haddad about his views on child poverty and social mobility, about child poverty measurement, and his hopes and fears for the next strategy.

  • London Child Poverty Alliance response to Child Poverty Strategy Consultation

    May 2014

    The Child Poverty Act 2010 places a duty on central government to produce a child poverty strategy every 3 years. In spring 2014 they consulted on their draft strategy for 2014-17. The London Child Poverty Alliance responded setting out how the strategy could be improved to tackle the shockingly high level of poverty in the capital. If the government does not address poverty in London, it is unlikely to meet its child poverty targets.

  • Poverty minus a pound: how the poverty consensus unravelled

    Issue 145 (Summer 2013)

    In 2010, a political consensus seemed to have emerged – that poverty was relative, too high, and needed to be tackled with preventative measures as well as by raising people’s incomes. All three of the main political parties had now backed the pledge made by Tony Blair in 1999 to eradicate child poverty within 20 years and the Child Poverty Act was passed with all-party support. Three years on, and this consensus has unravelled. Stewart Lansley looks at what happened.

    More from Poverty issue 145 (Summer 2013)

  • Measuring child poverty: can we do better?

    Issue 144 (Spring 2013)

    In June 2012 when the government published the Households Below Average Income dataset for 2010/11, it announced at the same time that it would revisit the question of how we measure child poverty in the UK. In November 2012, a public consultation on the topic was launched when the Department for Work and Pensions issued the document Measuring Child Poverty: a consultation on better measures of child poverty. Jonathan Bradshaw looks at the key aspects of the various dimensions that the government has selected for inclusion, assesses their appropriateness for inclusion in any metric of child poverty and presents the shortcomings of the proposed new measure.

  • The implementation of the Child Poverty Act: examining child poverty strategies in London local authorities

    October 2012

    This report from CPAG and 4in10 at Save the Children examines progress and best practice in implementing child poverty strategies across local authorities in London.

  • R(CPAG) v 1. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2. Secretary of State for Education – Child Poverty Act challenge

    Last updated: July 31, 2012
    test case

    Proceedings for judicial review were issued challenging the government’s failure to comply with the terms of the Child Poverty Act.

  • Benefits debate failing ordinary families: new polling and CPAG letter to party leaders

    September 12, 2013
    press release

    The current debate about social security is failing ordinary families, according to a new campaign, ‘People Like Us’, being launched today by Child Poverty Action Group.

    The campaign is supported by new polling suggesting the public strongly rejects the idea that the government understands the concerns of people on low and middle incomes.

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