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IFS report reveals child poverty about to surge

02 March 2016
Responding to today’s IFS poverty projections, Imran Hussain, Director of Policy at Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The prime minister has promised an all- out assault on poverty but we're facing a full blown child poverty crisis as a result of government tax and benefit policy choices which have prioritised tax cuts for richer groups rather than help for low income families...

CPAG statement on welfare reform bill and child poverty statistics

26 February 2016
In response to the Government amendment, on the statutory publication of child poverty statistics, to the Welfare Reform & Work Bill, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “This is a good and welcome step and we’re pleased that the campaigning work we and others did has helped to secure it...

Court of appeal rules that ‘bedroom tax’ is unlawful

27 January 2016
Today, the Court of Appeal has ruled that the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ is unlawful because of its impact on vulnerable individuals. The Court of Appeal dealt with two appeals together and in both cases ruled that the discrimination against victims of domestic violence and disabled children was not lawful.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Peers vote to retain poverty measures

25 January 2016
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the House of Lords vote today to retain the statutory duty to measure and report on income poverty which the Government wanted to scrap. Measures in the Welfare Reform & Work Bill which were voted down today would scrap the statutory duty to measure and report on income-based poverty, replacing it with only a duty to report on the number of workless households and children’s attainment at GCSE.

CPAG reaction to Prime Minister’s speech on life chances and parenting

11 January 2016
Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech on life chances and parenting today, Chief Executive of Child  Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “Of course parenting is difficult - and the most important job there is - but it is a whole lot harder to give your children good chances in life if you’re on poverty pay and clobbered by sky-high housing and childcare costs...

DWP finds bedroom tax deepens poverty and doesn't free up accommodation

17 December 2015
Responding to the DWP’s own evaluation of the bedroom tax, published today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham, said “The DWP’s own evaluation finds that the ‘bedroom tax’ is not only pushing families into hardship but it’s also failing to free up more accommodation for families, the key argument ministers used to justify this controversial policy...

Response to SMCP report

17 December 2015
Responding today to today’s Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission report , Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action group Alison Garnham said: “The Commission is right to call for action to boost maternal employment and to raise the minimum wage so fewer people earn less than two thirds of median hourly pay but we need to be clear that cuts in benefits are the key driver of increased child poverty in the UK today...

Feeding Britain: Solutions lie with DWP

14 December 2015
Responding to today’s Feeding Britain report, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) Alison Garnham said: “The DWP is quick to attribute blame for poverty to those in hardship themselves but many of the problems are closer to home. So far its response has been dilatory...

Autumn statement: tax credits u-turn is a stay of execution

25 November 2015
Responding to the Autumn Statement today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “The Chancellor’s half-solved the problem he created in the Summer Budget of how we help the low paid. His decision to drop the latest tax credit cuts is very welcome and will be a huge relief to hard-up working families but, as the Treasury’s own costings reveal, the significant cuts to universal credit mean that in reality this is only a stay of execution...

Reaction to tax credits Lords vote

27 October 2015
In response to the House of Lords votes on tax credits, Imran Hussain, Director of Policy at Child Poverty Action Group, said: "The Government lost the votes in the Lords tonight but, more fundamentally, it's lost the big argument on its cuts for tax credits...