What we do | CPAG

What we do

Child Poverty Action Group works on behalf of the more one in four children in the UK growing up in poverty. It doesn’t have to be like this. We work to understand what causes poverty, the impact it has on children’s lives, and how it can be prevented and solved – for good. 

Poverty is not inevitable. It is caused by low wages, inadequate benefits, expensive housing and childcare, and a lack of decently-paid jobs. Drawing on our 50 years of experience and expertise, we devise and promote solutions we know will lift children and families out of poverty.

Our vision is of a society free of child poverty, where all children can enjoy a childhood free of financial hardship and have a fair chance in life to reach their full potential.

We are the strong and trusted voice on child poverty. We collect evidence from families living in poverty, and push forward achievable and long-term solutions to this devastating situation. Any family can fall on hard times and find it difficult to make ends meet. Families need support during these times to ensure all children get the best start in life. We support families across the country by giving frontline workers practical help with the social security system so families can stay afloat. 

Sometimes families experience injustice. We take legal action to challenge unjust decisions so that families get support from our social security system in times of need. 

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Child Poverty Action Group is a registered charity that was set up in 1965. We have offices in London and Glasgow. CPAG has 47 members of staff. We are governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees.