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Budget 2014: CPAG reaction

19 March 2014
Child Poverty Action Group responded positively to announcements of increased investment in childcare cost support through Universal Credit. But we believe that overall the Budget has done too little to help families and will lock-in austerity cuts for the long-term.

'Budget locks in poverty producing cuts' say child poverty campaigners

19 March 2014
Read CPAG in Scotland's response to the UK Budget Statement today (19th March).

The impact of the AME cap on child poverty

18 March 2014
A note prepared for CPAG by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Essex University ahead of tomorrow’s budget vividly illustrates the effect of taxes and benefits on child poverty rates in the UK and across the EU27.

Poverty in Scotland 2014 launch event

12 March 2014
Today (Thursday 13 March) we are launching our new publication, Poverty in Scotland 2014, with the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Shadow Social Justice Secretary Jackie Baillie. Poverty in Scotland 2014 is a landmark ‘state of the nation’ publication which brings together the latest facts on the shocking extent of poverty in Scotland and the implications for the country’s constitutional future.

Ministers publish new child poverty strategy consultation

27 February 2014
After a long wait, the government's consultation on a new child poverty strategy for 2014-2017 has arrived amid internal government squabbles on what the targets should be.

Court of Appeal ruling on Benefit Cap

21 February 2014
The Court of Appeal has today dismissed a case that CPAG intervened in that was brought in relation to the way the cap disproportionately affects women. The Court found that the cap discriminates against women, but that this discrimination was not "manifestly without reasonable foundation" and was therefore lawful.

New Government research on food banks

20 February 2014
A new research report, commissioned by Defra and published on their website today, states that the evidence points to there being genuine need for food aid in Britain today. The report arrived on the same day as 27 Church of England Bishops wrote to the Prime Minister and warned that coalition policies are creating hardship and hunger.

Response to JRF referendum briefing on child poverty

05 February 2014
This week the Joseph Rowntree Foundation issued a referendum paper on child poverty. The paper highlights that child poverty in Scotland has fallen by around twice the level in England in the last ten years. Read our response here.