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Universal Credit could lift over 500,000 children out of poverty

04 July 2015
New research published today (Saturday) by the TUC and Child Poverty Action Group finds that much bigger reductions to child poverty could be achieved by channelling support through Universal Credit instead of raising the income tax threshold.

Government turns it back on poor children

01 July 2015
Responding to today’s statement from Iain Duncan Smith on changes to the poverty measure, Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “The Government is turning its back on poor children. Only a year ago, the Secretary of State claimed the child poverty targets would be met but last week’s child poverty statistics showed that absolute child poverty has risen by half a million since 2010 and that progress on relative poverty has stalled...

Grim news on child poverty

25 June 2015
Responding to today’s official poverty statistics (Households Below Average Income) Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: "These figures make grim reading for anyone looking for progress on child poverty.  Because, make no mistake, we are facing a child poverty crisis in the years ahead and the Government is not going to meet the child poverty targets it signed up to...

Childcare costs push 130,000 children into poverty

19 June 2015
Risk of poverty increases by a third when working parents pay for childcare. Pledged support under universal credit won't kick in for at least four years. Leading charities urge government to bring forward support under tax credits.

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...

Higher tax allowance does little for low earners – as little as 15% benefit will go to lowest-income half of the population

01 October 2014
Responding today to the Prime Minister’s speech at the Conservative Conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “What was missing in the PM’s speech was any recognition that independent projections show that child poverty rates are set to soar...

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 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.

Child poverty surge is because of austerity targeted on families

28 May 2014
Commenting on a report today by Save the Children UK warning of a massive rise in child poverty by 2020, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The warnings of a surge in child poverty are bleak, but hardly surprising when families have been put in the frontline of austerity and the back of the queue for the recovery...

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...