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Response to All Party Parliamentary Group's report on food banks

08 December 2014
Responding to the APPG’s report on food poverty, Feeding Britain: A strategy for zero hunger in England, Scotland and Wales, Alison Garnham Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The report is absolutely clear that there is growing hunger in the UK, that tackling it must be a national priority and that fixing the administration of benefits will remove a key trigger for food bank use...

Take action: government needs to listen to the evidence on food banks

08 December 2014
Our research found that many people who use food banks are driven by failures in the benefits system.

Sanctioning hunger?

26 November 2014
If I need to take a day off work, I don’t usually lose one month’s salary as a result. However, if you’re claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)....

Sanctioning hunger

26 November 2014
If I need to take a day off work, I don’t usually lose one month’s salary as a result. However, if you’re claiming jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) and delays to your bus journey mean you arrive ten minutes late for an interview at the Jobcentre, you could well find yourself having your benefit stopped for four weeks or more through a sanction.

New report: Why do people use foodbanks?

19 November 2014
Visiting a food bank should be a last resort; yet new research from CPAG, Oxfam, the Trussell Trust and the Church of England finds that failures in the safety net itself are a key reason why people are turning to food banks. This is the first in-depth study into the personal experiences of recipients of emergency food aid in the UK. While UK-wide policy is pushing up the use of food banks, interviews carried out in Scotland also highlight a role for the Scottish Government and local authorities in preventing income crisis. Read more.

Why do people use foodbanks?

19 November 2014
Visiting a food bank should be a last resort: yet new research from CPAG, Oxfam, the Trussell Trust and the Church of England finds that failures in the safety net itself are forcing people to turn to food banks.

Fixing holes in social security support would reduce need for food banks, users’ experience shows

19 November 2014
Gaps in the social security safety net are a key reason why people are turning to food banks, according to the first in-depth study into the personal experiences of recipients of emergency food aid in the UK.

Rights (and wrongs) of sanctions

24 July 2014
At Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), we’ve had longstanding concerns about the use of sanctions, which are basically cuts to benefit payments of up to 100% for up to 3 years, and the obvious knock-on impacts on child poverty. 

Rights (and wrongs) of sanctions

24 July 2014
At Child Poverty Action Group, we’ve had longstanding concerns about the use of sanctions, which are basically cuts to benefit payments of up to 100% for up to 3 years, and the obvious knock-on impacts on child poverty.  And as the letter in today's Times that we and others have signed shows, we’re not alone in having profound concerns with how sanctions are working.

CPAG’s response to the publication of the independent review of jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanctions

22 July 2014
Responding to the publication of the independent review of jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanctions published today, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome this critical report from the independent reviewer which illustrates how shambolic the current sanctions regime has become...