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

05 December 2012
Commenting in response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said: “Despite all the talk, working families are once again at the front of the queue for spending cuts. With 6 in 10 poor children living with a working parent, real terms cuts to tax credits, housing and child benefits are grim news...

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.

Experts warn massive reductions in UK child poverty may be reversed by Coalition

11 June 2012
The child poverty approach pursued between 1998 and 2010 was broad-based, made a significant and long-lasting difference to families with children and reduced child poverty on a scale and at a pace unmatched by other industrial nations during the period.

Tax credits calamity hammers 200,000 families and harms the economy

08 May 2012
New figures today, published by HMRC, show that over 200,000 families will be losing their entire working tax credit support, worth £3,870, from 6 April 2012. The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This is an absolute calamity that plunges nearly half a million children deep below the poverty line...

Recession never went away for many families

08 May 2012
Commenting on today’s announcement by ONS of the first quarter economic data, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The economy may now be back in a technical recession but the truth is that for many families with children the recession had never gone away as they have endured a miserable few years coping with rising living costs, job losses, wage freezes and cuts in social protection...