child wellbeing

  • Refugee children – Disability Living Allowance – past presence test

    Last updated: May 24, 2017
    test case

    Update 09/09/2016: the DWP has now issued guidance, DMG Memo 20/16 and ADM Memo 21/16, confirming that it will not be appealing against the Upper Tribunal decision and that the past presence test is no longer applicable to claims for disability living allowance, personal independence payment, attendance allowance or carer's allowance.

  • Abolishing hunger among children in the UK

    Issue 153 (Winter 2016)
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    We will all have woken up this morning knowing there are children in this country who went to bed last night on an empty stomach. We also know that a large number of those children will have taken that hunger with them to school. This is the most crushing finding from a recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger, examining the extent, causes and changing dynamics of hunger among families in the UK. With the reliance on food banks on the increase, the Group’s Chair, Frank Field, and the report’s author, Andrew Forsey, summarise the evidence received and present some potential solutions.

  • Child wellbeing in the UK

    Issue 145 (Summer 2013)
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    At a time when many political voices suggest we should be more phlegmatic about child poverty, Dragan Nastic highlights the recent findings of a UNICEF study on child wellbeing in economically advanced nations over the first decade of the 2000s. International comparisons show that child poverty in these countries is not inevitable, but is susceptible to policy – and that some countries are doing much better than others at protecting their most vulnerable children.

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  • Child maintenance fees put children’s wellbeing at risk

    May 21, 2014
    press release

    Responding to the commencement today of a controversial fees system under the new Child Maintenance Service, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Single parents are at higher risk of living below the poverty line, and making sure they get fair child maintenance payments from non-resident parents is crucial to reducing the poverty rate of single parent families.

    “The big problem with fees is they may put off parents from seeking help from the Child Maintenance Service, leaving them settling for arrangements where their former partner doesn’t put a fair share towards the cost of raising their child.

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  • Child poverty and child wellbeing

    Issue 133 (Summer 2009)
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    Enhancing children's lives and improving child wellbeing should be the central objective of any children's policy. But what do we mean by 'wellbeing'? Here, Paul Dornan draws on recently published research from the University of York to explore different aspects of child wellbeing and what they mean for policy in the UK.

  • Child poverty and well-being in the here and now

    Issue 129 (Winter 2008)
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    Since New Labour pledged to eliminate child poverty by 2020, a myriad of policy changes have been made to address the problems associated with poverty and deprivation during childhood. Much of the research and policy emphasis is on the costs of child poverty and its impact on life chances and outcomes in adulthood. Recent research by Mark Tomlinson, Robert Walker and Glenn Williams relates the various dimensions of poverty to children’s well-being in their lives today.

  • Child wellbeing and income inequality in rich countries

    Issue 133 (Summer 2009)
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    The wellbeing and behaviour of young people have recently attracted more than the usual negative attention from the media, policy and law.

  • Free school meals extension will help health and educational outcomes

    December 4, 2013
    press release

    Commenting on today’s announcement on Free School Meals by the Deputy Prime Minster, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “It’s great to see the government following through on the promise to provide free school meals to all primary school children up to 7 years old. The pilot schemes clearly proved it’s an excellent investment with improvements to children’s attainment and healthy eating.

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  • Government child poverty strategy needs rethink as experts warn of looming crisis

    May 7, 2013
    press release

    Responding to the publication today of new projections for UK child poverty rates, prepared by the Institute for Fiscal Studies for the Northern Ireland Executive (OFMDFM), Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “We always put our children’s needs first in family life, and we should do as a nation too. But today’s dire projections reveal we are in danger of failing the next generation.

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