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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...

Government abandons low income families in child poverty u-turn

29 November 2011
Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “Britain’s poorest families have been abandoned today and left to face the worst. The increase in child tax credit that the Chancellor said last year was there to stop child poverty rising for at least two years has been cancelled today...

London families need jobs they can raise a family on

20 October 2011
In response to the publication of the London Poverty Profile published today by the Trust for London, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said: “This valuable, in-depth report is the latest to spell out the extent and the depth of poverty facing London’s children...

Government must act urgently on devastating child poverty warning

11 October 2011
In response to the publication of a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which projects child poverty to rise by 800,000 children as a result of the Government’s policies, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “This devastating report leaves the Government’s child poverty and social mobility strategies in jeopardy...

Child poverty reduced to lowest level in 25 years

12 May 2011
Commenting on the new child poverty figures for 2009/10 announced today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “It is great news that child poverty fell during what was a terribly hard year for families and the economy...

Unlawful child poverty ‘strategy’ includes cuts that make poor families poorer

05 April 2011
Responding to the publication today of the Government’s child poverty ‘strategy’ and social mobility strategy, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “A child poverty ‘strategy’ which does not set out how poverty numbers will fall, and by when, is not a strategy and is incredibly disappointing and surprising given the Prime Minister’s stated commitment on tackling poverty...

Treasury must not wreck universal credit and poverty progress

17 February 2011
Commenting ahead of today’s publication of the Welfare Reform Bill, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The jury is still out on the universal credit. Ministers are right to aim for much better back to work support and a benefits system that makes it pay to work...