Press Releases

  • Higher tax allowance does little for low earners – as little as 15% benefit will go to lowest-income half of the population

    October 1, 2014

    Responding today to the Prime Minister’s speech at the Conservative Conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “What was missing in the PM’s speech was any recognition that independent projections show that child poverty rates are set to soar.

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  • Real terms benefit cut will come down hard on working families and push up child poverty

    September 29, 2014

    Commenting today on Chancellor George Osborne's announcement of a proposed two-year freeze on working-age benefits, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This is bad news for working parents struggling on low wages, already coping with rising living costs and previous benefit cuts. A couple both working full time on the minimum wage are nearly a fifth short of the money they need for basics; another freeze will make it a whole lot harder for them.1 For many of these families a higher income tax threshold will be of little help since what they gain in wages is largely clawed back from their benefits*. Two thirds of poor children have at least one parent working.

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  • Benefit cap will tip more children into poverty

    September 28, 2014

    Responding today to reports that the Government is planning to impose a more severe benefit cap of £23,000 pa per household, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This is likely to increase the headcount of children in poverty in working and non-working families, a move that would surely fail any credible family test. It would also bypass the root causes of higher social security spending which include soaring childcare and housing costs and low pay. Politicians from all parties need to tackle these root problems as a priority rather than ripping away money from families who are struggling every day to pay for absolute basics. "

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  • Child Poverty Action Group criticises child benefit cut

    September 22, 2014

    The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has criticised Labour's decision to cut child benefit for families who have already born the brunt of austerity. The benefit has already lost 14% of its real value in this parliament.

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  • CPAG welcomes government decision on local assistance schemes

    September 16, 2014

    Responding today to the government’s decision to reconsider how to fund local welfare assistance schemes in 2015/16, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “We welcome that the government has recognised the importance of local welfare assistance schemes and has committed to undertake a thorough review and consultation before deciding how the schemes will be funded in future.

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  • Families continue to struggle as cost of a child increases

    August 12, 2014

    Families working full time at the national minimum wage are 18 per cent short of the basic amount needed to provide themselves a minimum standard of living according to the new report ‘The Cost of a Child in 2014’ published today by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). The shortfall for out-of-work families is even more stark, standing at 43 per cent.

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  • Families continue to struggle as cost of a child increases

    August 12, 2014

    Families working full time at the national minimum wage are 18 per cent short of the basic amount needed to provide themselves a minimum standard of living according to the new report ‘The Cost of a Child in 2014’ published today by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). The shortfall for out-of-work families is even more stark, standing at 43 per cent.

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  • Council's tax policy ruled unlawful for penalising the poor

    July 30, 2014

    Child Poverty Action Group has won a legal test case for three vulnerable women who were charged a higher rate of council tax because they only recently moved into the area. The High Court struck down Sandwell Council's policy of refusing a council tax reduction to anyone who had not lived in the area for at least two years.

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  • A new poll tax? London's poorest and councils hit hard by Council Tax changes

    July 17, 2014

    London’s poorest families are struggling to pay council tax bills from their limited benefit income following cuts to council tax support, according to new figures published in a joint report by two leading London anti-poverty charities, the Child Poverty Action Group and Z2K.

    ‘A New Poll Tax?’ finds that nearly 4 in 10 Londoners affected by the replacement of Council Tax Benefit by local schemes have been unable to meet these payments and have received a court summons.

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  • Child poverty statistics highlight inconvenient truths for the government

    July 1, 2014

    Immediate Release

    Child poverty statistics highlight inconvenient truths for the government

    Key findings from official figures on UK child poverty for 2012/13, published today by DWP show the following:

    • Relative child poverty - the tide is turning with child poverty expected to rise in future years

      Relative poverty is the best measure of whether ‘we’re all in it together’ that we have - it measures how many children have living standards that fall behind children in average income families.

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