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PM's conference speech: CPAG statement - Poverty is the enemy of opportunity

02 October 2013
In response to the Prime Minister’s speech at the Conservative Party conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: "The focus on opportunity is right and welcome but the big flaw in the speech is that you can’t build a land of opportunity for all on the ruins of a million more children living in poverty – poverty is the enemy of opportunity...

Two thirds of children in poverty living in working families

13 June 2013
Responding to today’s official figures on UK child poverty for 2011/12, published today by DWP, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Despite all the talk about ‘scroungers’ and generations of families never working, today’s poverty figures expose comprehensively the myth that the main cause of poverty is people choosing not to work...

Half a million on food aid is a national scandal

30 May 2013
Responding to Walking the Breadline, a new report published today on UK food poverty by Oxfam and Church Action on Poverty, the Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, Imran Hussain, said: “It’s a national scandal that half a million British people are now having to turn to food aid.

‘Double Lockout Bill’ – DWP Impact Assessment ignores impact on poverty levels

08 January 2013
In response to the publication of the DWP impact assessment on the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We know this is a bill which will make many people poorer so it is simply indefensible that the Government has, at the last minute, published an impact assessment that says nothing about poverty.

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

05 December 2012
Despite all the talk, working families are once again at the front of the queue for spending cuts.

Autumn statement must not short-change strivers or make poor pay for missed growth

04 December 2012
Commenting ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said: “We're looking for targeted help for families with children struggling to make ends meet as living costs rise. Ministers talk about helping the 'strivers', but the truth is that the 'strivers' keep being short-changed...

The real problem is poverty, not problem families

25 October 2012
In response to reports that Work & Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will later today deliver a speech on how the benefits system encourages problem families, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: "It's not problem families but families faced with the problem of low pay and shrinking government help for families...

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...

New CPAG research shows childhood getting more expensive

04 September 2012
As parents face back-to-school costs, new research published today by Child Poverty Action Group and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation details the costs of meeting the minimum basic needs of a child in 2012.

£3 billion tax credit cuts in 2nd quarter may have deepened recession

25 July 2012
The unexpectedly large contraction in the economy of 0.7%, announced by the Office for National Statistics today for the second quarter, is likely to have been contributed to by steep cuts of £3 billion to tax credits that hit households in April 2012.