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Can universal credit be made to work to reduce poverty?

18 June 2014
Universal credit (UC) may be much-maligned but like it or not, it’s coming our way. Given this, how can it best deliver on its dual promise to make work pay and reduce poverty? The TUC and Child Poverty Action Group have been exploring this question in recent months, ably assisted by Howard Reed of Landman Economics. Here, we offer a sneak preview of our results.

Child poverty campaigners respond to Expert Working Group on Welfare

12 June 2014
Read our response to the publication of the second report by the Scottish Government’s Expert Working Group on Welfare: Re-thinking welfare: fair, personal and simple.

Budget 2014: Child Poverty Action Group on the impact on families

19 March 2014
Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget Statement today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Today’s Budget tries to lock-in austerity for millions of low-paid families, poor children, carers and disabled people...

The impact of the AME cap on child poverty

18 March 2014
A note prepared for CPAG by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Essex University ahead of tomorrow’s budget vividly illustrates the effect of taxes and benefits on child poverty rates in the UK and across the EU27.

New analysis highlights child poverty risks of Chancellor’s new spending cap

18 March 2014
New analysis commissioned by Child Poverty Action Group from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Essex University highlights how the expected budget announcement on capping Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) could drive up UK child poverty rates.

Two thirds of children in poverty living in working families

13 June 2013
Responding to today’s official figures on UK child poverty for 2011/12, published today by DWP, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Despite all the talk about ‘scroungers’ and generations of families never working, today’s poverty figures expose comprehensively the myth that the main cause of poverty is people choosing not to work...

Latest child poverty statistics published

13 June 2013
The government has published the most recent child poverty figures for the UK in its report Households Below Average Incomes 2011/12. 66% of poor children live in working families.

Child poverty costs UK £29 billion a year

05 June 2013
The high levels of child poverty in the UK are currently costing the country at least £29 billion a year – or £1,098 per household – according to new research released today by Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University (updating his 2008 study for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

IFS expect major surge in child poverty this decade

07 May 2013
A new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts that relative child poverty will increase by 34% and absolute child poverty will increase by 55% in the decade from 2010-2020.

Unicef report proves investing in children worked

11 April 2013
Commenting the Unicef Report Card on child wellbeing published today, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said: “After years of steadily catching up on our European neighbours, the wellbeing of our children now looks set to fall behind as a result of the government's austerity policies...