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What was missing from the 2015 Budget? Anything to do with child poverty

19 March 2015
'This was a "see no poverty, hear no poverty" budget from a government in denial. The Chancellor made claim to a truly national recovery throughout his speech but this is a ‘See no poverty, Hear no poverty’ Budget which continues to leave children and the low paid behind.

Budget 2015: 'see no poverty, hear no poverty'

18 March 2015
Responding today to the Chancellor’s Budget speech, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “The chancellor made claim to a truly national recovery but this is a ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’ Budget which continues to leave children and the low paid behind...

The limits of Universal Credit

06 March 2015
Since 2010 the Government has overseen an ambitious, large-scale programme of income redistribution. From poorer to richer groups. That’s the striking conclusion to be drawn from the most comprehensive analysis to date of the Government’s social policy record published recently by the LSE and the universities of Manchester and York.

2020 child poverty target will not be met

20 October 2014
"We have failed a generation of children who are growing up poor but we will fail them a second time if we bury our heads in the sand and pretend that the 2020 targets will now be met."

Response to Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission

20 October 2014
Responding today to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s recommendation that the legally binding target to end child poverty by 2020 needs to be revised given the failure to make progress, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “We have failed a generation of children who are growing up poor but we will fail them a second time if we bury our heads in the sand and pretend that the 2020 targets will now be met...

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

29 September 2014
The Chancellor's proposed two-year freeze on working-age benefits will put more children in poverty and casts further doubt on claims that the Government is on course to meet its 2020 child poverty targets.

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

29 September 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...

Child poverty statistics published today

01 July 2014
The official child poverty figures for 2012/13 were published today by the DWP.

Child poverty statistics highlight inconvenient truths for the government

01 July 2014
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; absolute child poverty - living standards of poorest families continue to fall; working poverty - nearly two-thirds of poor children have a working parent; and poverty and disability – the connection is getting stronger.