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Don’t let tax credit changes freeze mums out of work

07 July 2015
What's the point of working tax credits? David Cameron has called their use into question by highlighting the role they play in enabling big businesses to get away with paying poverty wages. But this overlooks the important role that working tax credits play in enabling parents to enter or stay in the labour market working less than full-time.

Universal Credit could lift over 500,000 children out of poverty

04 July 2015
New research published today (Saturday) by the TUC and Child Poverty Action Group finds that much bigger reductions to child poverty could be achieved by channelling support through Universal Credit instead of raising the income tax threshold.

Grim news on child poverty

25 June 2015
Responding to today’s official poverty statistics (Households Below Average Income) Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: "These figures make grim reading for anyone looking for progress on child poverty.  Because, make no mistake, we are facing a child poverty crisis in the years ahead and the Government is not going to meet the child poverty targets it signed up to...

Childcare costs push 130,000 children into poverty

19 June 2015
Risk of poverty increases by a third when working parents pay for childcare. Pledged support under universal credit won't kick in for at least four years. Leading charities urge government to bring forward support under tax credits.

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.

Higher tax allowance of limited help to lowest paid families

08 October 2014
Responding today to the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s speech to the Lib Dem Conference, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “It was good to hear the Deputy Prime Minister emphasising how parents in working poverty are bearing the brunt of spending cuts...

Higher tax allowance does little for low earners – as little as 15% benefit will go to lowest-income half of the population

01 October 2014
Responding today to the Prime Minister’s speech at the Conservative Conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “What was missing in the PM’s speech was any recognition that independent projections show that child poverty rates are set to soar...

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...

CPAG responds to Iain Duncan Smith speech on welfare reform

23 January 2014
Responding to today’s speech by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome the Secretary of State’s commitment to giving claimants the greater flexibility they need to enter work whilst keeping more of their earnings and not having housing support or tax credits thrown into chaos...