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Autumn Statement: New cuts hit children in working and out of work families

05 December 2012
Commenting in response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said: “Despite all the talk, working families are once again at the front of the queue for spending cuts. With 6 in 10 poor children living with a working parent, real terms cuts to tax credits, housing and child benefits are grim news...

Campaigners & experts warn more benefit cuts would be a tragedy

02 December 2012
The lead story in Monday's Independent is an open letter signed by more than 50 charities, trade unions and academics warning against more benefit cuts in this week's Autumn Statement. 

Government must focus on reducing, not redefining child poverty

15 November 2012
We are concerned that the Coalition is seeking to redefine child poverty instead of making genuine progress at a time when cuts, stagnating wages and a crisis in affordable housing are pushing poverty up.

CPAG response to PM's Conservative Party conference speech: ‘Rising child poverty the real cap on aspiration for children’

10 October 2012
Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech at the Conservative Party conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Rising child poverty will be the real cap on aspiration for an increasing number of children in the coming years...

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).

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.

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...