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Make work fair for parents and give children decent childhoods, say UNISON and CPAG

05 May 2015
CPAG and UNISON have joined together to call on political parties to lay out policies to tackle in-work poverty. The call comes following the release of our joint report Fair Work and Decent Childhoods – policies for those who work to live lives free of poverty.

New analysis highlights child poverty risks of Chancellor’s new spending cap

18 March 2014
New analysis commissioned by Child Poverty Action Group from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Essex University highlights how the expected budget announcement on capping Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) could drive up UK child poverty rates.

New government commissioned report admits genuine need for food aid in UK

20 February 2014
Following today’s warning by 26 Bishops about a national crisis of hunger, Defra has published a new research report that suggests that there is significant need for food aid in Britain today. Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The Government’s own commissioned research today finds that the huge growth in foodbank use is a result of real hardship and hunger...

Shift to focus on root causes of benefit expenditure is welcome

20 January 2014
Responding to today’s speech by Rachel Reeves, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Rachel Reeves is spot on in saying that you can’t have a strong economy unless you have a system of social security that helps people into work, makes work pay and recognises contribution...

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 responds to proposals to limit number of children for whom benefits can be received

08 October 2012
Child Poverty Action Group's Chief Executive, Alison Garnham, has spoken out against proposals from George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith that unemployed families should have their benefits capped if they have more children.

Abhorrent plans will mark children as second class citizens from birth

08 October 2012
Commenting on George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith’s proposal that unemployed families should have their benefits capped if they have more children, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “With this abhorrent proposal, the Chancellor is saying that some children will be marked out from birth as second class citizens with their lives worth less than others...