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Here is a selection of recent coverage of our work.

20 November
 

The Times

Letter to Editor on children's rights coordinated by Article 39

18 November
 

The i

'A joint National Education Union (NEU) and Child Poverty Action Group survey of 900 teachers said that over a third provide food to pupils on a termly basis, with 12 per cent doing so every single week.'

Teachers in Wales are having to lend 'desperate' children money to pay for lunch

13 November
 

The Law Society Gazette

'Carla Clarke, head of strategic litigation at Child Poverty Action Group, said households with a medical need for an additional bedroom, who had appealed the application of the bedroom tax to them before the Department for Work and Pensions amended legislation, can now have their appeals decided with the tribunals required to apply the original law in a way which avoids a breach of their right to non-discrimination.' 

'Bedroom tax' ruling clarifies tribunal powers

The Guardian

'Carla Clarke, the head of strategic litigation at the Child Poverty Action Group, said the ruling meant that households with a medical need for an additional bedroom who had appealed against the application of the bedroom tax to them before the DWP amended the legislation following a successful legal challenge could now have tribunals decide their appeals “in a way which avoids a breach of their right to non-discrimination - in other words, to not apply the bedroom tax to them”.'

UK government loses supreme court fight over bedroom tax

3 November
 

The Observer

End two-child benefits limit, say cross-party MPs

16 October

 

The Guardian

'CPAG’s chief executive, Alison Garnham, said: "As a society we believe it’s right to have a social security system that protects people from poverty and helps them to get better prospects. But this research shows that universal credit isn’t achieving those aims."'

Universal credit 'leaving families depressed' in poorest London borough

The Docklands & East London Advertiser

'Chief executive Alison Garnham said: "Many families simply didn't have enough money to live on, especially during the five-week wait for their first payment. It's right to have a social security system that protects people from poverty, but we found Universal Credit isn't achieving that aim."'

Families go hungry while Tower Hamlets Council battles to 'fill gap' in Universal Credit

2 October
 

Daily Record

'John Dickie [director of CPAG in Scotland], who helped write the findings, said: "The deeply personal stories captured in this report are as heartbreaking as they are avoidable. They bring into sharp focus how we must do much more to protect people from the income crises which fuel food insecurity and hunger."'

Food poverty leaves Scots suicidal after going for days without food

27 September
 

Your Money

'According to CPAG, rising energy costs have been a significant contributor to the higher costs of raising a child that can be traced over recent years.'

Household water and energy bills soar 30% in four years

25 September
 

BBC Radio 4

CPAG head of strategic litigation Carla Clarke interviewed about universal credit assessment periods on You and Yours

14 September
 

BBC Radio 4

CPAG in Scotland director John Dickie interviewed about the Cost of the School Day on Moneybox

4 September
 

The Big Issue

'Chief executive of CPAG Alison Garnham called on Boris Johnson’s government to raise child benefit rates, which haven’t seen an increase since 2015, to boost living standards. "Our new Prime Minister wants to unite the country. Will he then commit to restoring the value of family benefits for working and non-working households to make sure that they once again rise with inflation?"'

Single parent families struggling for cash under broken system

Nursery World

'Chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said, "Back in the early noughties politicians declared that the war on lone parents was over. But the evidence suggests that it isn’t."'

Sharp fall in living standards for lone parents

Third Force News

'Mr Dickie welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of a weekly £10 Scottish Child Payment for children in lower income families, but said further action was needed at a UK level to ease the financial strain on lone parent households. "The UK government must as a matter of utmost urgency commit to restoring the value of family benefits for working and non-working households and make sure that they once again rise with inflation," he added.'

Lone parents facing "drastic" income shortfalls

21 August
 

The Mirror

'Louisa McGeehan, director of policy at Child Poverty Action Group, said: "In the UK we believe that every family should have a place they can call home but the reality is that tens of thousands of homeless families are paying a terrible price for sky-high private rents and woefully few affordable homes."'

Thousands of homeless children are growing up in shipping containers and B&Bs

1 August
 

The Metro

'Child Poverty Action Group added: "Surely [the government] can find the relatively modest amount needed to abolish this cruel and nonsensical policy."'

Call to scrap ‘cruel’ cap on benefit claims

BBC news online

'John Dickie of Child Poverty Action Group Scotland, said there were other ways - as well as clothing grants and uniform banks - of helping make the school day less expensive for families. "There are really good examples of schools reflecting and improving school uniform policy. So they're reducing the cost of the school uniform so that there's no additional costs for braided blazers, or single suppliers," he said.'

School uniform costs: Children 'asking Santa for basic items'

31 July

 

Manchester Evening News

'Child Poverty Action Group described the figures as a "grim reminder" of the human cost of "this nasty policy."'

'Nasty and cruel' two-child benefits limit hits 500,000 children

BBC news online

'Child Poverty Action Group said: "Child poverty isn't just a problem in the school holidays, and it goes far beyond those eligible for free school meals."'

School holiday hunger: Parents 'living on cereal', says MP

29 July
 

The Big Issue

'Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said that child poverty will continue to rise if Boris Johnson does not take action. She explained: "This is one area where what governments do – and don’t do – makes a difference. Great progress on child poverty had been made but by cutting £40bn a year from our work-and-pensions budget through cuts and freezes to tax credits and benefits, the government has put progress into reverse."'

In-work poverty a growing crisis for 14 million struggling to make ends meet

Financial Times

'Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said the figures showed that "no matter how you look at it, child poverty is rising and it should be an urgent priority for the new prime minister."'

Johnson urged to help 7m people on persistently low incomes

19 July
 

The Metro

'Universal Credit claimants are being ‘blocked’ from challenging decisions they disagree with, a campaign group claims. The system is throwing up so many obstacles for those seeking a review that some give up, according to Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) which analysed 1,600 benefit cases. CPAG chief executive Alison Garnham said: ‘The failure to ensure Universal Credit operates in a way that upholds basic legal duties is cause for serious concern.’ 

Challenges from benefit claimants ‘get blocked’

The Mirror

'CPAG chief executive Alison Garnham said: "The failure to ensure Universal Credit operates in a way that upholds basic legal duties is cause for serious concern."'

Universal Credit claimants being "blocked" from appealing decisions

The Sun

'Dame Laura Cox, former justice of the High Court, [and author of the foreword to our report] said: "If, due to complexity, inflexibility or incoherence, the appeals process in Universal Credit cases is almost impossible to understand and to pursue effectively, incorrect decisions go unchallenged and suffering is prolonged."'

STUMBLING BLOCK: Universal Credit claimants losing out on benefits because they are wrongly ‘blocked’ from appealing decisions, warns charity

15 July
 

The Times

Law report: Guidance required on when a person is intentionally homeless

1 July
 

BBC news online

'John Dickie, from Child Poverty Action Group, says holiday hunger continues to be a real problem. He said: "There's no question the pressures low income families face during the school term are more acute during the holidays. We know from our work of parents lying awake at night worrying about how they are going to feed their children. But also feeling guilty that they can't offer their children the holiday experiences that better-off families take for granted."'

Scots families struggle to feed children in school holidays

28 June
 

Church Times

'The report, All Kids Count: The impact of the two-child limit after two years, published on Wednesday by the C of E’s Mission and Public Affairs Council and Child Poverty Action Group, says that the limit is having a "devastating effect" on families. It estimates that 160,000 families and 600,000 children have been negatively affected to date.'

‘Two-child limit will be devastating’

27 June
 

The Times

'John Dickie, director of Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, said: "£10 a week for each child will make a real difference to families struggling to put food on the table, heat their homes and pay for the ordinary school trips, sport and other activities that are fundamental to a decent childhood. Today’s announcement is a landmark recognition of the role the Scottish social security system can play in ending child poverty."'

£10 per week government benefit payment to lift 30,000 children out of poverty

26 June
 

The Herald

'John Dickie, Director of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said: "This new payment is an absolute game changer in the fight to end child poverty."'

Charities hail Scottish Government's new Scottish Child Payment as child poverty "game changer"

The Daily Mail

'Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: "We wouldn’t turn away a sick child from our hospitals or stop them going to school, and yet the two-child limit denies families the support they need from our social security system when they experience tough times, trapping kids in poverty."'

Two-child limit taking toll on family life, study suggests

The Times

'A report from Child Poverty Action Group and the Church of England has warned: "As a result of this policy, 300,000 children will be pushed into poverty and one million children already in poverty will be pushed even deeper into poverty by 2023-24 [by which time universal credit will be fully rolled out]."'

Two-child limit to benefits ‘forces families into poverty’

The Independent

'The two-child limit, which prohibits families from receiving tax credit and universal credit for a third or subsequent child, is "trapping children in poverty" to the point where they cannot eat healthy food or attend sports clubs, according to the research from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Church of England.' 

Women forced to consider abortions due to government policy that ‘traps children in poverty’, says report

20 June

 

The Daily Record

'David Hilber, A Menu for Change’s project officer, said: "More cash is needed to ­properly resource this lifeline and to put our recommendations into place. These crisis grants could help stop a lot more people from needing to turn to emergency food aid but there needs to be the money for councils to give out the fund properly."'

The Scottish Welfare fund crisis grants families don't know about as kids go hungry

13 June
 

BBC news online

'Child Poverty Action Group charity said "no mother should have to see her children go short of essentials in order to pay rent".'

Court backs woman in rent row with Birmingham council

12 June
 

The Independent

'Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Shelter, who intervened in the case, said it was right that the court ruled it wrong to expect families to rely on money they need for basic living expenses to pay their rent when their housing benefit can’t cover it.'

Single mother wins court battle after being forced into homelessness due to housing benefit shortfall

Birmingham Mail

'Martin Williams, a welfare rights adviser for Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said: "What this means is that families made homeless due to the inability to pay rent because of cuts to housing related benefits cannot be said to be intentionally homeless."'

Birmingham mum Terryann Samuels forced into homelessness because she chose food for her kids instead of paying rent

11 June
 

Dundee Evening Telegraph

'Child Poverty Action Group’s (CPAG) Cost of the School Day report... praised the "excellent value" of council-run breakfast clubs, and noted some parents were forced to pay £3 a day for private clubs due to demand.'

Plans to provide toast for hungry pupils at Dundee school as breakfast club prices soar

7 June
 

The Big Issue

'Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: "We all want children to get the most out of their education. But research we published with UCL shows that too many kids are routinely going hungry during the school day because there isn’t enough money at home. That isn’t right."'

A West London council is giving free school meals to every single child

5 June
 

The Sun

'Chief executive of CPAG Alison Garnham said: "Bringing more families on to Universal Credit without restoring the cuts and fixing the numerous flaws highlighted by CPAG’s Early Warning System risks scaling up the errors, hardship and unintended consequences that are blighting the lives of so many families struggling to get by."'

EXTRA CREDIT Families on Universal Credit pushed into poverty due to benefits freeze and cap

BBC news online

'Some 700,000 children in the UK could be lifted out of poverty in five easy steps costing £8.3bn, a charity says. Child Poverty Action Group analysed the impact of continuing benefit cuts to children in the UK, projecting the impact of these forward to 2023.'

'Cut child poverty in five easy steps'

The Guardian

'Alison Garnham, the chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: "Poverty and hunger exclude children from some learning and social opportunities and leave them exposed to stigma and shame. This pilot recognises the scale of the problem and strives to address it head on."'

London council launches free school meals pilot scheme

23 May
 

The Law Society Gazette

'Child Poverty Action Group's Martin Williams's cases include the 'hugely complex' incapacity benefit employment support allowance backdating case, which LAPG says "transformed the lives of many people".'

Finalists for legal aid 'Oscars' revealed

22 May
 

The National

'John Dickie, of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said: "The Scottish Government’s commitment to a new income supplement is a potential game-changer, but, as the Commission makes clear, it needs to be backed by a level of investment that provides meaningful support to families and a substantive impact on overall child poverty numbers."'

Scottish Government urged to bring forward child poverty payments

The Big Issue

'Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group added: "After a decade of cuts, low-earning families and those who can’t work have been left with too little to live on and the damage is showing."'

The UN’s poverty report slams government for ‘mean-spirited’ austerity

21 May
 

The Scotsman

'Mr Dickie added: "The Scottish Government’s commitment to a new income supplement is a potential game changer, but as the Commission makes clear it needs to be backed by a level of investment that provides meaningful support to families and a substantive impact on overall child poverty numbers."'

Poverty commissioners slam government budget for 'lack of transparency'

The Herald

'John Dickie, Director of Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, said the report exposed a "massive gap" between the government’s ambitions and the resources it allocated.'

Far more spending needed to cut Scots child poverty

15 May
 

BBC news online

'Carla Clarke, head of strategic litigation for Child Poverty Action Group, said the benefits cap was "increasing poverty while failing to deliver on its principal aim of work incentivisation."'

Benefits cap: Five single parents lose Supreme Court challenge

The Daily Mail

'Carla Clarke, head of strategic litigation for Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), which represented two families, said the ruling was "hugely disappointing".'

Lone parents lose Supreme Court fight over benefit cap

The Guardian

'Carla Clarke, the head of strategic litigation at Child Poverty Action Group, which represented two single parents in the case, said the ruling was disappointing. "The UK’s highest court has upheld a law and a policy that is increasing poverty while failing to deliver on its principal aim of work incentivisation," Clarke said.'

Lone parents lose benefits cap challenge at supreme court

The Daily Record

'Carla Clarke, head of strategic litigation for Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), which represented two families, said the ruling was "hugely disappointing".'

Benefit cap single parents LOSE Supreme Court fight against DWP

Shropshire Star

'The chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group charity, Alison Garnham, said the statistics "expose the absurdity and incoherence" of the benefit cap policy.'

Revealed: Benefit caps hitting hundreds of Shropshire families

ITV news

'John Dickie, director of Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, said: "Today’s stark figures outline the staggering levels of child poverty that many of our communities face."'

New figures show child poverty levels of up to 46% in parts of Scotland

The Daily Mail

'John Dickie, director of Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, said: "There is no question rising child poverty is driven by UK Government social security cuts but Scottish Ministers must act now with the utmost urgency to introduce their promised income supplement."'

New figures show child poverty levels of up to 46% in parts of Scotland

Glasgow Live

'Mr Dickie, also a member of the End Child Poverty in Scotland umbrella group, added: "These aren't just statistics. These are children going hungry, missing out on school trips, unable to enjoy the activities and opportunities their better off peers take for granted."'

Child poverty levels are up in Glasgow, new figures show

1 May
 

iNews

'Ms Garnham said Universal Credit issues could have a dire impact on the finances of claimants but "practical" and "inexpensive" changes by the DWP could help.'

Universal Credit claimants don’t know how much they should be getting because of transparency issues, says child poverty report

The Sun

'CPAG chief executive, Alison Garnham said: "Transparency should be a the heart of a fair social security system but our research shows Universal Credit claimants do not always understand the amounts they’re getting so it’s harder for them to pick up on mistakes or to predict how their awards might change."'

UNIVERSAL HELL Universal Credit errors are pushing people in to debt, charity warns

The Guardian

'The charity’s chief executive, Alison Garnham, said: "The DWP must improve the information it provides so that universal credit claimants are not floundering in the dark about their award. Clear and accessible information on how decisions are made and your right to appeal is the bare minimum we should expect from a modern benefit."'

Universal credit is 'Orwellian', says former high court judge

The Independent

'"Clear and accessible information on how decisions are made and your right to appeal is the bare minimum we should expect from a modern benefit" - Alison Garnham'

Universal credit claimants being underpaid as they are 'left in the dark' about entitlements, charity warns

The Mirror

'CPAG Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: "The scope for misunderstandings, omissions and errors is vast."'

DWP's 'Orwellian' Universal Credit breaches rule of law, ex-top judge declares

9 April
 

BBC news online

'Child Poverty Action Group director of policy Louisa McGeehan said: "By 2021, we will be cutting £40bn a year from our work-and-pensions budget through cuts and freezes to tax credits and benefits and, as a result, we have put so much progress on child poverty into reverse."'

Why UK child poverty targets won’t be met

6 April
 

Ekklesia

Two-child limit will tip 300,000 more children into poverty, says CPAG

2 April
 

The Express

'University College London researchers studying 45 families for Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), found around one in four children sometimes went hungry, despite parents often going without meals.'

Plea for billions to tackle the school funding crisis

BBC Radio 4

Living Hand to Mouth lead author Rebecca O'Connell interviewed.

Woman's Hour

The Guardian

'Alison Garnham, CPAG chief executive, added: "The young people in this study make the case for universal free school meals more powerfully than anyone else could. Their hunger, their shame, their sense of being cut off from learning and social opportunities – all because parents can’t afford enough food – are appalling in a society that believes every child matters."'

Children in low-income families suffer 'shame and social exclusion'

The Independent

'Alison Garnham, chief executive of CPAG, which published the book, said: "Universal free school meals should be part of the solution but wider government action is needed – urgently – to eradicate the poverty that underlies children’s hunger. As a minimum, free school meals should be restored for all families on universal credit."'

Children in low-income families facing ‘hunger and shame’, study finds

HuffPost

'CPAG chief executive Alison Garnham said: "The young people in this study make the case for universal free school meals more powerfully than anyone else could. Their hunger, their shame, their sense of being cut off from learning and social opportunities – all because parents can’t afford enough food – are appalling in a society that believes every child matters."'

Children Are Going Hungry Amid Harsh Restrictions On Free School Meals – Report

31 March

 

The Independent

'Alison Garnham, the chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, argued the rhetoric against lone parents had gone but the policies that are currently playing out effectively single them out for a greater risk of impoverishment. "To have almost half of lone parents’ children in poverty is unacceptable in a society that believes that every child deserves support," she said.'

Nearly 2 million single mothers are being hit by the benefit freeze

29 March
 

The National

'But John Dickie, of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), said: "Families struggling now cannot wait years for the Scottish Government’s promised income supplement, welcome as it is. Whilst there is no question rising child poverty is driven by UK Government social security cuts, Scottish ministers must act now and use new powers to boost family incomes immediately."'

Scottish inequality gap increases as poverty deepens

28 March
 

The Herald

'John Dickie, Director of Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, said urgent action was required. He said: "These aren’t just statistics. These are children going hungry, missing out on school trips, unable to enjoy the activities and opportunities their better off peers take for granted. These are parents going without meals, juggling debt and seeing their own health suffer to protect their children from the poverty they face."'

Nicola Sturgeon urged to speed up new benefit as child poverty rises

The Scotsman

'John Dickie, of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), said: "Today’s stark figures show that families struggling now cannot wait years for the Scottish Government’s promised income supplement, welcome as it is."'

Growing gap between rich and poor in Scotland, official stats suggest

BBC news online

'Mr Dickie said: "As time slips by, childhoods slip by, childhoods blighted by the simple fact their families just don't have the money they need to give their children a decent start in life."'

One in five living in poverty in Scotland as income inequality rises

LocalGov

'Commenting on today’s annual poverty statistics, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: "Today’s poverty figures make grim reading with more than 4.1 million children still in poverty and a jump in the proportion of poor children in working families."'

Government is ‘failing’ to combat child poverty, campaigners say

The Guardian

'Research carried out for Child Poverty Action Group found that a four-year freeze on children’s benefits due to run until next year will lead to average loses of £240 per year for families with children. It will also result in 100,000 more children in poverty by 2023-24.'

Poverty increases among children and pensioners across UK

The Mirror

'Chief executive Alison Garnham said the figures make "grim reading" adding: "A coalition of charities came together to ask the Chancellor to take the opportunity of his Spring Statement to end the benefit freeze and bring families in from the cold. But the government chose not to."'

DWP child poverty figures a 'national scandal' as 4.1million kids are hit

The Independent

'Research carried out for Child Poverty Action Group to coincide with the publication of the figures found that the four-year freeze on children’s benefits alone would lead to average loses of £240 per year for families with children.

Alison Garnham, chief executive of the charity, said: "Despite high employment, today’s figures reveal that 70 per cent of children living under the poverty line have at least one parent in work. That is not an economy that is working for everyone."' 

Number of children in absolute poverty across UK hits 3.7 million after increases of 200,000 in a year 

The Evening Standard

'Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said the figures made for "grim reading".'

Amber Rudd pledges action as child poverty figures remain unchanged at 4.1 million

Financial Times

'"The jobs miracle has not been that miraculous in its effects on child poverty," said Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, campaign group. She cited research by the think-tank IPPR, suggesting the four-year freeze on child benefits alone would push 100,000 more children into poverty by 2023-24.'

UK households see no growth at all in real income

BBC news online

'Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: "Despite high employment, today's figures reveal that 70% of children living under the poverty line have at least one parent in work."'

Nearly three million children in poverty despite parents working

27 March
 

The Sun

'Child Poverty Action Group's latest report found that the cost of raising a child to 18, including childcare costs, is a massive £183,335.'

PRIDE AND JOY 12 freebies and discounts parents can get on nappies, food, wipes and baby equipment

The Guardian

'Dr Mary Anne MacLeod, the research and policy officer at A Menu for Change, a three-year project partnering Oxfam Scotland with the Poverty Alliance, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland and Nourish Scotland with the aim of reducing food bank use, urged the Scottish government to use its newly-devolved welfare powers to help poorer families. "The Scottish government has said that it needs to prioritise the secure transfer of benefits from Westminster, but they also made a commitment to boosting family income through the income supplement. These figures reveal the urgency and scale of the problem," she said.'

Scotland food parcels reach double previous estimates, data shows

22 March
 

The Guardian

'John Dickie, of Child Poverty Action Group Scotland, said: "We have huge concerns that the 2022 timetable for a new income supplement fails to reflect the extraordinary increase in child poverty that the country faces. A £5 top-up to child benefit implemented now could, for example, lift thousands of children out of poverty and protect many more from hardship."'

Scottish government set to miss its child poverty targets – report

Third Force News

'John Dickie said: "The Scottish Government’s timetable for a new income supplement fails to reflect the extraordinary increase in child poverty that the country faces. Children in poverty really can’t wait until 2022 and beyond for the Scottish Parliament to use its powers to boost family incomes in a substantive way. As time slips by childhoods are slipping by, childhoods that continue to be blighted by the damage poverty wreaks. Action is needed now. An immediate £5 top up to child benefit could, for example, lift thousands of children out of poverty and protect many more from hardship."'

Scotland set to fail on child poverty targets

21 March
 

The Herald

'John Dickie, director of Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland called for immediate action from the Scottish Government and claimed children could not afford to wait. A £5 increase in child benefit could make an immediate impact, he claimed. "The Scottish Government’s timetable for a new income supplement fails to reflect the extraordinary increase in child poverty that the country faces," he said.'

Tens of thousands of Scottish children face plunge into poverty as Government targets missed

13 March
 

The Big Issue

'"Funding sanitary products for girls in schools may help with one small area of expenditure, but this will have a minimal impact on poverty overall. It leaves in tatters the prime minister’s claim that austerity is over" said chief executive of CPAG Alison Garnham.'

Hammond gives Spring Statement period poverty and affordable housing boost

The Sun

'CPAG chief executive Alison Garnham said: "The Chancellor could have sent a lifeline to low-income families."'

SQUEEZE EASED Spring statement 2019: Benefits set to FINALLY increase by £500 for millions next year, Philip Hammond promises

The Guardian

'Child Poverty Action Group chief executive Alison Garnham said: "The chancellor could have sent a lifeline to low-income families. That he didn’t is evidence of ministers’ refusal to confront the reality that families have been left with too little money to live on after three long years of stagnant incomes and rising prices."'

Spring statement: Brexit deal could end austerity, but benefit freeze continues - as it happened

The Independent

'Child Poverty Action Group chief executive Alison Garnham said: "As a country we want all families to prosper but the freeze has left low earners and those who can’t work out in the cold. Child poverty rates risk reaching a record high by the end of this parliament with 200,000 children tipped into poverty as a result of the freeze on children’s benefits alone."'

Spring statement: Philip Hammond accused of failing to ease austerity despite £27bn spending boost

12 March
 

CLASS

Blog from our head of policy and research Josephine Tucker

Chancellor Must Take Action on Child Poverty

20 February
 

The Guardian

'Louisa McGeehan, 'Child Poverty Action Group charity’s director of policy, said ..."We've been v successful at reducing pensioner poverty but we've allowed child poverty to rise. That's unjustifiable in a country that is compassionate and believes that every child matters."' 

British children living in poverty 'could hit record high' – report

1 February
 

The Guardian

'The chief executive of the charity Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: "The work and pensions secretary has said she is listening to concerns about how universal credit plays out on the ground. Will she listen to the many people who responded to this survey to report ongoing problems?"'

Universal credit scores lowest for satisfaction in benefits survey

31 January
 

BBC news

'Carla Clarke, Child Poverty Action Group's head of strategic litigation, said that "no mother should have to see her children go short of essentials in order to pay the rent".'

'Homeless' mum takes Birmingham Council to Supreme Court

The Independent

'CPAG’s head of strategic litigation, Carla Clarke, said the case was important in a climate in which housing benefit has been "eviscerated" while rents continued to rise.' 

Single mother takes government to court after being forced into homelessness due to housing benefit shortfall

24 January
 

The Times

Lawyer of the week: Carla Clarke, solicitor who acted for single mothers in High Court universal credit victory

23 January
 

HuffPost

'According to the charity Child Action Poverty Group (CPAG) – which is bringing the judicial review on Wednesday and Thursday – the women have faced "irrational and unlawful discrimination."'

DWP Faces Court Challenge 'After Universal Credit Claimants Left Out-Of-Pocket By Government Blunders'

The Independent

'CPAG claims those who are more severely disabled will be more than £100 a month worse off under universal credit than the previous arrangements.'

Government faces High Court challenge over impact of universal credit on disabled households

The Mirror

'CPAG solicitor Carla Clarke said: "our clients suffered significant income drops. Neither chose to claim Universal Credit - they were forced to, following incorrect decisions by DWP."'

Government faces fresh legal challenge over Universal Credit 

The Sun

'Child Poverty Action Group’s solicitor Carla Clarke said ahead of the court hearing today: "The Government has consistently said no-one will be worse off if they move to universal credit without a change of circumstances. But our clients suffered significant income drops."'

PAYING THE PRICE: Disabled Brits wrongly forced onto Universal Credit SUE the Government over blunder

17 January
 

ITV news

Director of policy, rights and advocacy, Louisa McGeehan, interviewed for ITV news.

More children in poverty coming from working families

11 January
 

Sky TV online

'Solicitor Carla Clarke, of Child Poverty Action Group, welcomed the ruling: "Today's result should mean that in future no-one will lose out on their Universal Credit awards or face the hardship that my clients have faced simply because of when their payday happens to fall," she said.'

Four mothers win High Court case over Universal Credit payment calculations

BBC news online

'Solicitor Carla Clarke, of Child Poverty Action Group, said the universal credit system was "out of step with both actual reality and the law", and had caused them "untold hardship, stress and misery"'.

Universal credit: Single mums win High Court battle

BBC Radio 4 

CPAG head of strategic litigation Carla Clarke interviewed on World at One 

The Independent 

'CPAG’s solicitor Carla Clarke said: "Our clients have been doing everything they can to support themselves and their young children through work, but the rigid assessment system in universal credit has caused them untold hardship, stress and misery with them being forced repeatedly to manage on half of their usual total monthly income, despite their fixed outgoings remaining the same."' 

Single mothers win landmark universal credit battle with government in High Court

The Guardian

'Carla Clarke, a solicitor for CPAG, who welcomed the "commonsense judgment", said: "Food banks provide a valuable service, but one issue, for example, has been that she is a pregnant lady and needs access to fresh food and vegetables, as well as the ability to send her young son to nursery with a proper packed lunch."'

Four single mothers win high court benefits battle against DWP

The Sun

'Child Poverty Action Group solicitor Carla Clarke welcomed the "common sense" judgment today.'

Universal Credit dealt MASSIVE blow by four battling single mums after they win court challenge that system is unfair

The Mirror 

'Child Poverty Action Group solicitor Carla Clarke added: "The DWP has designed a rigid process that is out of step with both actual reality and the law."'

Universal Credit: Calls to halt benefit as Amber Rudd vows reform - 10 minutes after court defeat

10 January
 

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'"We already have a minister responsible for our social security system which, on any basic understanding of its role, is meant to prevent poverty, destitution and hunger in this country," said CPAG chief executive Alison Garnham.'' 

MPs are calling for a food insecurity minister to fight child malnourishment 

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'"That we should need reminding of the UN’s sustainable development goals in such a rich country is a scandalous development," said Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham.'

MPs call for 'minister for hunger' while charities urge Government to end benefits freeze