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Budget 2015: 'see no poverty, hear no poverty'

18 March 2015
Responding today to the Chancellor’s Budget speech, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “The chancellor made claim to a truly national recovery but this is a ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’ Budget which continues to leave children and the low paid behind...

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...

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...