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Budget 2014: Child Poverty Action Group on the impact on families

19 March 2014
Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget Statement today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Today’s Budget tries to lock-in austerity for millions of low-paid families, poor children, carers and disabled people...

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...

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...

Free school meals extension will help health and educational outcomes

04 December 2013
Commenting on today’s announcement on Free School Meals by the Deputy Prime Minster, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “It’s great to see the government following through on the promise to provide free school meals to all primary school children up to 7 years old...

Reaction to Ed Miliband's speech to the Labour Party conference

24 September 2013
Read our Chief Executive Alison Garnham’s reaction to Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour Party Conference.

CPAG response to announcement on free school meals

17 September 2013
In response to reports that the Deputy Prime Minister will tomorrow announce that from next September infant school pupils in England will be provided with free school meals, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said: "This would be a very welcome announcement and an excellent example of how helping parents with the cost of living can also prevent some of the costs of child poverty mounting up...

Jamie Oliver on 'Money Saving Meals'

27 August 2013
In response to comments made by TV chef Jamie Oliver on the eating and spending habits of low income families, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy, Child Poverty Action Group, said:  "Jamie Oliver has made a huge contribution to improving school meals and we're grateful for the support his foundation has given us in our work on free school meals...

'Foodbanks first’ jobseekers cut and welfare cap will rack up economic costs of child poverty

26 June 2013
Responding to today’s spending Review Statement by the Chancellor, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The decision to delay eligibility for Job Seekers Allowance to seven days is a ‘foodbanks first’ policy that will hurt families stuck in the low pay – no pay cycle, moving in and out of insecure, low-paid jobs, and will lengthen foodbank queues...

Half a million on food aid is a national scandal

30 May 2013
Responding to Walking the Breadline, a new report published today on UK food poverty by Oxfam and Church Action on Poverty, the Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, Imran Hussain, said: “It’s a national scandal that half a million British people are now having to turn to food aid.

CPAG response to Work & Pension Committee's Universal Credit report

22 November 2012
 Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, has responded to the Work and Pensions Committee’s report on implementation of Universal Credit. On the implementation programme for Universal Credit, she said: “Ministers risk a ‘told you so’ moment in the future if they ignore this constructive warning...