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Experts warn massive reductions in UK child poverty may be reversed by Coalition

11 June 2012
The child poverty approach pursued between 1998 and 2010 was broad-based, made a significant and long-lasting difference to families with children and reduced child poverty on a scale and at a pace unmatched by other industrial nations during the period.

Experts warn massive reductions in UK child poverty may be reversed by Coalition

11 June 2012
Today we publish a landmark report to mark the half-way point to ending child poverty by 2020, a pledge to which all the main political parties have signed up.

Rethinking Child Poverty - our response

29 May 2012
Today we had a taste of the debate we’re going to hear more about in the coming weeks – whether the Coalition government should move the goalposts when it comes to measuring child poverty.

Tax credits calamity hammers 200,000 families and harms the economy

08 May 2012
New figures today, published by HMRC, show that over 200,000 families will be losing their entire working tax credit support, worth £3,870, from 6 April 2012. The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This is an absolute calamity that plunges nearly half a million children deep below the poverty line...

Tax credits 'calamity' hammers 200,000 families

02 May 2012
Over 200,000 families will lose their entire working tax credit support, worth £3,870, in a move that our chief executive Alison Garnham describes as "an absolute calamity that plunges nearly half a million children deep below the poverty line".

Overhyped Budget does little for families

27 April 2012
Key points from Budget 2012: £2.165 billion of cuts to support for working families to go ahead next month; child poverty still expected to rise by an average of 100,000 children a year under Coalition’s spending plans; hundreds of thousands of low earners will gain just £33 from the tax threshold rise, not £220 as was claimed.

20,000 children to be pushed into poverty by child benefit cut

20 March 2012
New research by Child Poverty Action Group, shows that the cliff that will be created by the government’s plans for child benefit will push households with 20,000 children into net incomes comparable to poverty. The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “We used the government’s own data to discover that 20,000 children are in households that will be pushed into net incomes comparable to poverty by the policy...

Minimum wage rise below inflation tightens squeeze on families

20 March 2012
Commenting on the decision by Ministers to adopt the proposals of the Low Pay Commission for a rise in the National Minimum wage below inflation, and a freeze for younger workers, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This is another turn of the screw on families working hard in the lowest paid jobs...

Local figures for children and families losing Working Tax Credit in April

20 March 2012
In April 2012, around half a million children will suddenly be at risk of being plunged into poverty as the Working Tax Credit hours rule changes for couples. Research by Usdaw, the union representing shopworkers, suggests most people affected simply cannot get extra hours from their employer.

Benefit cap myths exposed

23 January 2012
On the day that members of the House of Lords vote on key amendments on the proposals for a household benefits cap, Child Poverty Action Group are exposing the myths on which the policy is based. The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: "The household benefit cap policy is built on a foundation of myths...