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Spending Review reaction from CPAG

26 June 2013
The Chancellor George Osborne announced spending proposals for the year 2015/16 this afternoon. CPAG is deeply alarmed at cuts to benefits for jobseekers that will mean more of them are sent to foodbanks almost as a matter of policy.

Any reduction in Scottish child poverty welcome, but overshadowed by forecasts of massive surge

13 June 2013
Responding to today’s publication of official 2011/12 child poverty statistics for Scotland and the rest of the UK, John Dickie, Head of the CPAG in Scotland, said: “Any reduction in child poverty in 2011/12 is welcome but is overshadowed by frightening Institute for Fiscal Studies forecasts of a massive surge in child poverty as UK tax and benefit changes kick in." Read more

Latest child poverty statistics published

13 June 2013
The government has published the most recent child poverty figures for the UK in its report Households Below Average Incomes 2011/12. 66% of poor children live in working families.

New poll shows public believe Government action on child poverty falling short

12 June 2013
The poll, released by the End Child Poverty Campaign, shows 82 per cent of people view child poverty as a priority.

Labour renew commitment to action on child poverty

06 June 2013
The Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, made a major speech on social security, in which he renewed his commitment to child poverty reduction as a top priority for a future Labour administration.

CPAG statement on child benefit

05 June 2013
CPAG comments on reports that the Labour Party has no plans to restore child benefit in full to all parents.

Child poverty costs UK £29 billion a year

05 June 2013
The high levels of child poverty in the UK are currently costing the country at least £29 billion a year – or £1,098 per household – according to new research released today by Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University.

The benefits versus services debate: our view

15 May 2013
Do investments in services such as children’s centres reduce child poverty more effectively than supporting families' incomes?

‘’Dire” Scottish child poverty forecast must lead to urgent rethink by UK government and more action in Scotland to protect families

08 May 2013
CPAG in Scotland today responded to the publication of new projections of a massive rise in child poverty in Scotland and across the UK, prepared as part of wider UK forecasts by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The forecast predicts nearly 30% of Scotland’s children will be living in poverty by 2020, up from the latest official figure of 21%.