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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...

Child poverty strategy in disarray from poverty-producing bill

17 January 2013
The government has revealed in answer to a parliamentary question that 200,000 children will be pushed into relative income poverty by its bill to cut social security benefits and tax credits in real terms. This result from a restriction of annual uprating to just 1%, which is below inflation.

High Court rules Government acted unlawfully in production of its child poverty strategy

17 July 2012
The Government acted unlawfully in its failure to establish a Child Poverty Commission to advise on its child poverty strategy, the High Court has ruled today in a successful judicial review brought by Child Poverty Action Group.

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...

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...

CPAG response to PM's party conference speech

05 October 2011
In response to David Cameron’s party conference speech, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said: “There was a child poverty-sized hole in this speech. The Prime Minister said his party would lift the poorest up but his speech completely ignores the fact that as a result of his government’s policies child poverty will rise significantly...

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...

Campaigners welcome strengthened Child Poverty Commission

21 December 2010
Commenting on the publication today of the Government’s consultation on its child poverty strategy, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “We welcome this consultation. All the main parties in the United Kingdom, as well as all the national governments, are now committed to ending child poverty and asking voters to judge them on their results...