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The Austerity Generation: promise of greater rewards from work broken under universal credit as families with children hardest hit by cuts

06 November 2017
The promise of greater rewards from work made to working families has been broken as a result of cuts to Universal Credit and tax credits, with losses reaching thousands of pounds in many cases, new analysis by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows.

Budget 2017: new language but more thin gruel for struggling families

08 March 2017
Responding to today’s Budget, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “The Budget may have put the next generation first in words, but it was silent on the huge rises in child poverty projected by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (1) over the next five years. Nothing does more to damage the childhoods and life chances of our children than poverty...

Parents on minimum wage cannot meet basic family costs

22 September 2016
Parents working on the ‘national living wage’ still can’t earn enough to provide an acceptable minimum living standard for their children despite flat (and now falling) inflation and a drop in core household costs like food and energy – even if they both work full-time, warns a new report.

UK child poverty rises - 66% poor children now in working families

28 June 2016
In 2014-15, UK child poverty increased by 200,000 to 3.9 million (after housing costs). 66% of poor children live in working families (up from 64%). London remains UK region with highest rate of child poverty (37%).

Budget 2016: the next generation comes second

16 March 2016
Responding to today’s Budget, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “This Budget puts the next generation last and set to be the poorest generation for decades. The Chancellor ignored both the 3.7m children in poverty now and the fact that according to IFS projections we face the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation...

Autumn statement: tax credits u-turn is a stay of execution

25 November 2015
Responding to the Autumn Statement today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “The Chancellor’s half-solved the problem he created in the Summer Budget of how we help the low paid. His decision to drop the latest tax credit cuts is very welcome and will be a huge relief to hard-up working families but, as the Treasury’s own costings reveal, the significant cuts to universal credit mean that in reality this is only a stay of execution...

Reaction to tax credits Lords vote

27 October 2015
In response to the House of Lords votes on tax credits, Imran Hussain, Director of Policy at Child Poverty Action Group, said: "The Government lost the votes in the Lords tonight but, more fundamentally, it's lost the big argument on its cuts for tax credits...

Nursery Nurses, Security Guards, Hairdressers – New Research Reveals Scale of Workers’ Losses In Tax Credit Cuts

26 October 2015
As the House of Lords prepares to vote on tax credit cuts (on Monday 26th October), new analysis published today by Child Poverty Action Group reveals the extent to which workers in different jobs could lose out as a direct result of the controversial, proposed cuts. Nursery nurses, security guards, bank clerks and hospital porters are among those who would take heavy losses, the research shows.

CPAG's response to David Cameron's speech

07 October 2015
Responding today to the Prime Minister’s Conservative Conference speech today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “The Prime Minister is absolutely right to recognise that ending UK poverty would be a tremendous social reform and he deserves huge credit for putting poverty, social mobility and equality at the heart of his speech...

Parents struggling to meet no-frills family costs as crisis in family finances looms

12 August 2015
Parents working on the minimum wage are on the brink of a new crisis in family finances that will leave many stranded when it comes to meeting no-frills family costs, warns a new report produced by Loughborough University’s Donald Hirsch for Child Poverty Action Group.