Press Releases

  • EXTENDED SCHOOLS FAILING TO MEET PARENTS’ CHILDCARE NEEDS

    September 14, 2016

    Out-of-school services are failing to match parents’ need for afterschool and holiday childcare a new report (1) from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Family and Childcare Trust warns.

    Almost two fifths (39%) of schools surveyed for the report said parents wanted holiday provision but only 29% of schools offered this. For afterschool childcare the shortfall was 11 percentage points, with only just over half of schools providing this. The mismatch was biggest in primary schools.

    Drawing on surveys of more than 1,000 head teachers and of 1,200 children, the study found that extended schools are popular with children and schools, but lack of resources was preventing them from expanding.

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  • LONDON SEES 51% SURGE IN USE OF BAILIFFS FOR COUNCIL TAX DEBTS

    September 1, 2016
    • Over 19,000 low income, sick and disabled Londoners were referred to bailiffs in 2015/16, a 51% increase on the previous year
    • 26 of 33 London boroughs charge council tax to households previously deemed too poor to pay (up from 24 in 2015/16)
    • Eight London boroughs hiked minimum charges for 2016/17 (up from 7 in 2015/16)
    • Since April 2013 at least 318,000 households have been unable to pay their new council tax charges and received a court summons as a result
    • Almost 250,00 of those same households have been charged over £27 million in court costs

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  • Response to statement on universal credit

    July 20, 2016

     

    Responding today to Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green’s announcement of further delays to the roll out of Universal Credit, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

     

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  • RESPONSE TO APPOINTMENT OF DAMIAN GREEN AS WORK AND PENSIONS SECRETARY

    July 14, 2016

    Commenting on the appointment today of Damian Green as Work and Pensions Secretary, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

     “The new Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green inherits the two great challenges of an oncoming child poverty crisis and a universal credit benefit that was meant to make work pay but was left eviscerated by Summer budget cuts. We look forward to working with him to ensure that those challenges are overcome so that the country does indeed work for all families, rather than just some.”

     

    Notes to Editors:

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  • UK CHILD POVERTY RISES - 66% POOR CHILDREN NOW IN WORKING FAMILIES

    June 28, 2016
    • In 2014-15, UK child poverty increased by 200,000 to 3.9 million(after housing costs)
    • 66% of poor children live in working families (up from 64%)
    • London remains UK region with highest rate of child poverty (37%)

    In response to the latest child poverty figures, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

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  • Response to Stephen Crabb’s first speech as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

    April 12, 2016

    In response to Stephen Crabb’s maiden speech as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said:

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  • Statement on PIP: CPAG RESPONSE

    March 23, 2016

    Responding today to Stephen Crabb’s statement on personal independence payments, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

    “Stephen Crabb is to be congratulated for halting the PIP cuts and saying that there will be no more social security cuts this Parliament.

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  • Iain Duncan Smith resignation: CPAG's response

    March 19, 2016

    In response to Iain Duncan Smith's resignation as Work & Pensions Secretary, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said: 

    "This is a resignation letter from a work and pensions secretary like no other.

    "In many ways, the reasons he provides echo many of the concerns we expressed this week on the Budget and in the months since the election.

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  • IFS report reveals child poverty about to surge

    March 2, 2016

    Responding to today’s IFS poverty projections, Imran Hussain, Director of Policy at Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “The prime minister has promised an all- out assault on poverty but we're facing a full blown child poverty crisis as a result of government tax and benefit policy choices which have prioritised tax cuts for richer groups rather than help for low income families.

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