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CPAG statement on Prime Minister's speech and plans to remove benefits from rioters

15 August 2011
Commenting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which receives its Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This bill means too many vulnerable people are set to be losers, and too many people will find the promise to make work pay is not being kept...

Welfare Reform Bill must be put on hold until government explains plans

15 June 2011
Commenting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which receives its Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This bill means too many vulnerable people are set to be losers, and too many people will find the promise to make work pay is not being kept...

Child poverty reduced to lowest level in 25 years

12 May 2011
Commenting on the new child poverty figures for 2009/10 announced today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “It is great news that child poverty fell during what was a terribly hard year for families and the economy...

Unlawful child poverty ‘strategy’ includes cuts that make poor families poorer

05 April 2011
Responding to the publication today of the Government’s child poverty ‘strategy’ and social mobility strategy, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “A child poverty ‘strategy’ which does not set out how poverty numbers will fall, and by when, is not a strategy and is incredibly disappointing and surprising given the Prime Minister’s stated commitment on tackling poverty...

Complacent Budget puts child poverty promise at risk

23 March 2011
Commenting on today’s Budget statement by the Chancellor, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This poverty-complacent Budget puts at risk the Government’s ability to meet its legally binding targets and its pre-election promises to end child poverty by 2020...

Government faces legal challenge to housing benefit cuts

07 March 2011
Child Poverty Action Group has announced today that it has issued urgent proceedings for judicial review of two of the cuts to Housing Benefit for private sector tenants due to come into force in full on 1st April 2011: restriction of maximum household size to four bedrooms and caps on the amount of Housing Benefit a household can receive.

Government to remove help from families in crisis

03 March 2011
Commenting on today’s announcement of new rules preventing access to crisis loans to be brought in next month, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “We are shocked that Ministers would cut holes in the final layer of the safety net for families hit by a crisis...

Treasury must not wreck universal credit and poverty progress

17 February 2011
Commenting ahead of today’s publication of the Welfare Reform Bill, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The jury is still out on the universal credit. Ministers are right to aim for much better back to work support and a benefits system that makes it pay to work...

Universal credit flaws and IT glitch must not damage children and families

12 January 2011
Commenting on the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the government’s proposals for welfare reform and a Universal Credit system, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The IFS report looks at Universal Credit, but the Government’s overall record on welfare so far is even more worrying...

Campaigners welcome strengthened Child Poverty Commission

21 December 2010
Commenting on the publication today of the Government’s consultation on its child poverty strategy, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “We welcome this consultation. All the main parties in the United Kingdom, as well as all the national governments, are now committed to ending child poverty and asking voters to judge them on their results...