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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...

Government must act on child poverty watchdog recommendations

09 June 2014
Responding to the hard-hitting report today from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission on the government’s child poverty strategy, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The Coalition established the Commission as an expert watchdog on child poverty, so when it says the government’s child poverty strategy lacks credibility Ministers must do something about it...

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...

Autumn Statement creates new rationing system for children, working families and disabled people

05 December 2013
Responding to today’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Today’s Autumn Statement creates a new income rationing system for children, working families and disabled people through a national cap on their basic support...

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.