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London has highest child poverty rate

15 October 2014
The Campaign to End Child Poverty has today published new figures showing that London contains 14 out of the top 20 local authorities with the highest rates of child poverty across the UK. 

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 Strategy is not a plan to end child poverty

26 June 2014
Commenting on today’s publication of the government’s child poverty strategy for 2014-17, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome the Government’s continued commitment to ending child poverty by 2020 but today’s strategy isn’t good news for a generation of children that needs the government to invest in their childhoods and life chances...

New research shows councils in London fear housing crisis fuelled by welfare reform

11 June 2014
Cuts to benefits have left families in London struggling and unsure how they will afford to stay living in their area, according to a new CPAG report released today. Based on interviews with councils, advice services and parents as well a review of existing evidence, the report highlights that these key groups share the same fear: a housing crisis uprooting families from their homes and communities, with children’s education facing huge disruption by these forced moves.

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...

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.

Media pre-briefing for Budget 2014

14 March 2014
The media briefing includes the following information: CPAG priorities for Budget Statement 2014; child poverty: the facts; living standards in crisis and the economic consequences; deficit reduction options and fairness to families; Autumn Statement letter from CPAG to the Chancellor; contact information for quotes and interview requests.