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Redefining Child Poverty Doesn't Tackle the Issue - The Government Must Show That All Kids Count

26 January 2016
After some time on the back-foot, if not in headlong retreat, common sense won out last night in the latest stage of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill's passage through parliament.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Peers vote to retain poverty measures

25 January 2016
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the House of Lords vote today to retain the statutory duty to measure and report on income poverty which the Government wanted to scrap. Measures in the Welfare Reform & Work Bill which were voted down today would scrap the statutory duty to measure and report on income-based poverty, replacing it with only a duty to report on the number of workless households and children’s attainment at GCSE.

Frozen out: government’s silent treatment on Welfare Reform and Work Bill

21 December 2015
Last week the Welfare Reform and Work Bill entered committee stage in the House of Lords. The bill will scrap all the government’s child poverty targets and measures, and make sweeping cuts to social security. Given the wide-ranging changes it seeks to make, it is surprising – and worrying – that ministers have provided so little detail on how the new measures will work and what the impacts will be on families with children.

Response to SMCP report

17 December 2015
Responding today to today’s Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission report , Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action group Alison Garnham said: “The Commission is right to call for action to boost maternal employment and to raise the minimum wage so fewer people earn less than two thirds of median hourly pay but we need to be clear that cuts in benefits are the key driver of increased child poverty in the UK today...

The great child poverty conjuring trick

11 December 2015
Now you see it, now you don't. Steve Bell sums up the government's plans to scrap child poverty targets. Instead of measuring and acting on child poverty, they just want to measure how many children have parents who are out of work and how well they do at their GCSEs.

Our letter to the Guardian: Ending child poverty starts with counting it

08 December 2015
This letter was published in the Guardian on 7 December 2015. Ten years ago, on his first day as party leader, David Cameron vowed that “the test for our policies will not be how they affect the better off, but how they help the worst-off in our country”.

Now you see it, now you don't. The government's magic trick on child poverty.

07 December 2015
Now you see it…  Now you don’t.  The government’s rustled up a party trick for the kids this Christmas. They’re going to make 3.7 million of them disappear. Britain’s children aren’t going anywhere, of course, particularly those who are growing up poor.

How should we measure poverty?

16 October 2015
Writing in the Times, Tim Montgomerie makes important arguments on the role of statistics in government. Accurate, timely statistics measuring things that are of interest from a public policy perspective can provide the evidence base that drives intelligent policy.

The Resolution Foundation: 200,000 more children in poverty next year

12 October 2015
The Resolution Foundation made the news last week with their estimates of the impact on child poverty of the Summer Budget. Their report, A poverty of information, suggests that 200,000 more children will fall into poverty in 2016/17 as a direct result of the measures in the Summer Budget.

CPAG's response to David Cameron's speech

07 October 2015
Read CPAG's response to the Prime Minister's speech at the Conservative party conference.