Press Releases

  • BUDGET 2017: RESCUE PACKAGE FOR UNIVERSAL CREDIT BUT NO STRUCTURAL REFORM TO KEEP THE PROMISE OF GREATER REWARDS FROM WORK

    November 22, 2017

    Commenting on today’s Budget, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

    “We were the first to sound the alarm over the waiting days for universal credit, so we’re pleased the Chancellor has acted to remove them and put in place new arrangements for receiving advances as part of an emergency rescue package, but this should have been the budget that ushered in much needed structural reform of Universal Credit to revive the central promise to strengthen the rewards from work and that didn’t happen.

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  • Holyrood vote "hugely welcome step in fight to end child poverty," say campaigners

    November 8, 2017

    The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland today (8/11/17) welcomed a unanimous Scottish Parliament vote putting ambitious targets to eradicate child poverty in law. The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act requires Scottish Ministers to meet four income based child poverty targets by 2030 as well as set out and report on the actions they will take to meet those targets. For the first time local authorities and health boards in Scotland will also have a duty to produce local child poverty action reports.

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  • THE AUSTERITY GENERATION: PROMISE OF GREATER REWARDS FROM WORK BROKEN UNDER UNIVERSAL CREDIT AS FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN HARDEST HIT BY CUTS

    November 6, 2017

    The promise of greater rewards from work made to working families has been broken as a result of cuts to Universal Credit and tax credits, with losses reaching thousands of pounds in many cases, new analysis by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows.
     
    ‘The Austerity Generation’ reveals that the cuts to Universal Credit (UC) will put 1 million more children into poverty – which means the long term impact of austerity policies will be felt for many years to come by the UK economy and society more generally. The report also finds that families already at greater risk of poverty – including lone parents, families with very young children, larger families and those with a disability – will be especially hard-hit by a decade of cuts to the incomes of families with children.
     

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  • POLL FINDS BRITAIN WANTS TO WORK

    November 2, 2017

    Low and middle-income parents want to work, want permanent jobs with a sense of purpose and put a premium on job security - but inadequate pay, a lack of affordable childcare and poor opportunities for progression are holding them back, a survey by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Working Families finds. [1]

    More than two fifths (43%) of part-time workers want to work more hours but are prevented from doing so (see below).

    And working parents want permanent jobs (71%).

    The UK unemployment rate currently stands at 4.3%, the lowest since 1975 (2).

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  • PM speech: IGNORING CHILD POVERTY IS NO WAY TO BUILD BRITISH DREAM

    October 4, 2017

    In response to the Prime Minister’s party conference speech, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Despite its billing, despite all the slogans on the stage, this was not really a speech about aspiration and building a country that works for everyone. To do that the Prime Minister should have directly addressed UK poverty, one of the ‘burning injustices’ which she spoke about last year.

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  • Universal Credit: response to Secretary of State’s speech

    October 2, 2017

    In response to David Gauke's Conservative party speech, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

    "We've been calling for some time for information on advance payments to be proactively offered to families with children. It doesn't make sense to pretend that having no income for 6 weeks won't harm them. If that's now going to happen then that's welcome.

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  • INFLATION AND BENEFIT FREEZE DRAGGING WORKING PARENTS FURTHER AWAY FROM BEING ABLE TO MEET BASIC FAMILY COSTS

    August 21, 2017

    Parents working full time on the ‘national living wage’ (NLW) are significantly short of the income needed to give children an acceptable minimum living standard – as defined by the public – and the shortfall will grow as inflation combines with the current freeze on benefits to put family budgets under new strain, a report (1) warns.

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  • LIVING WAGE COUNCILS HAVE POSITIVE RIPPLE EFFECT ON LOCAL BUSINESSES

    August 7, 2017

    London businesses are more likely to pay the real Living Wage if their local council is an accredited Living Wage employer, analysis in a new guide from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Living Wage Foundation shows. The charities have identified a positive ‘ripple effect’ on local businesses when their council gets Living Wage accreditation.

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  • CPAG wins breakthrough case as operation of late mandatory reconsideration scheme ruled unlawful

    August 4, 2017

    “… significant number of claimants… entitled to benefits not being paid them…”

    The Upper Tribunal (UT) has today declared the Government’s restrictions on access to the social security appeals system to be unlawful, in a test case brought by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) The Tribunal’s decision enhances and protects the appeal rights of the hundreds of thousands of benefit claimants who each year seek to challenge refusals of benefit.

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  • BIG RISE IN FAMILIES SUCKED INTO THE BENEFIT CAP

    August 3, 2017

    Government figures out today show a huge jump in the number of households hit by the benefit cap since it was lowered in November 2016, with many areas of the country seeing more than a threefold rise. 

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