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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...

Zero-hour contracts are wrong type of growth

30 April 2014
Commenting on new analysis published today by the Office for National Statistics showing the number of zero-hour contract jobs is higher than previously thought, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy, Rights and Advocacy for Child Poverty Action Group, said: “It’s not enough to look at how much the economy is growing, we need to look at how the economy is changing too...

Child Poverty strategy proposals need much greater ambition to reverse failures

27 February 2014
Commenting on today’s publication of the government consultation on their new child poverty strategy, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “After a long wait, we’re disappointed to see a list that contains little new, or likely to make a dent in the numbers of children growing up in poverty...

Government’s child poverty adviser Alan Milburn warns recovery must be fair

25 February 2014
On the eve of the publication of the government’s new child poverty strategy, the government’s adviser on child poverty and social mobility, Alan Milburn, has called for the government to maintain its focus on income poverty and warned that an economic recovery without a ‘social recovery’ would not be a success.

Coalition child poverty strategy is failing

17 October 2013
Responding to today’s first report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The Commission’s verdict is clear: the Coalition’s current child poverty strategy is failing and child poverty is set to rise...

Government child poverty strategy needs rethink as experts warn of looming crisis

07 May 2013
Responding to the publication today of new projections for UK child poverty rates, prepared by the Institute for Fiscal Studies for the Northern Ireland Executive (OFMDFM), Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We always put our children’s needs first in family life, and we should do as a nation too. But today’s dire projections reveal we are in danger of failing the next generation...

British children need Coalition to prove commitment to reducing child poverty

14 June 2012
Today’s new child poverty figures confirm that while the ambitious target for 2010 was not reached, it drove forward major progress reducing child poverty across all measures: absolute poverty reduced by more than half (from 3.4 million children to 1.4 million children since 1999); relative poverty reduced by 1.1 million children (from 3.4 million to 2.3 million since 1999); material deprivation reduced by 300,000 children (from 2.2 million to 1.9 million since 2005).

Free childcare for 140,000 two year olds will help address child poverty

11 November 2011
Responding to the details announced today by the Deputy Prime Minster of the extension of free childcare for 2 year olds in economically disadvantaged households, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The government’s child poverty strategy needs to be a broad approach, with action on early years an essential element alongside decent welfare benefits, fair pay and high quality services...