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The Austerity Generation: promise of greater rewards from work broken under universal credit as families with children hardest hit by cuts

06 November 2017
The promise of greater rewards from work made to working families has been broken as a result of cuts to Universal Credit and tax credits, with losses reaching thousands of pounds in many cases, new analysis by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows.

Poll finds Britain wants to work

02 November 2017
Low and middle-income parents want to work, want permanent jobs with a sense of purpose and put a premium on job security - but inadequate pay, a lack of affordable childcare and poor opportunities for progression are holding them back, a survey by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Working Families finds.

PM speech: Ignoring child poverty is no way to build British Dream

04 October 2017
In response to the Prime Minister’s party conference speech, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Despite its billing, despite all the slogans on the stage, this was not really a speech about aspiration and building a country that works for everyone...

Universal Credit: response to Secretary of State’s speech

02 October 2017
In response to David Gauke's Conservative party speech, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: "We've been calling for some time for information on advance payments to be proactively offered to families with children...

Inflation and benefit freeze dragging working parents further away from being able to meet basic family costs

21 August 2017
Parents working full time on the ‘national living wage’ (NLW) are significantly short of the income needed to give children an acceptable minimum living standard – as defined by the public – and the shortfall will grow as inflation combines with the current freeze on benefits to put family budgets under new strain.

CPAG wins breakthrough case as operation of late mandatory reconsideration scheme ruled unlawful

04 August 2017
The Upper Tribunal (UT) has today declared the Government’s restrictions on access to the social security appeals system to be unlawful, in a test case brought by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). 

Big rise in families sucked into the benefit cap

03 August 2017
Government figures out today show a huge jump in the number of households hit by the benefit cap since it was lowered in November 2016, with many areas of the country seeing more than a threefold rise.  

Government loses benefit cap test case: CPAG response

22 June 2017
 “In exposing the absurdity and cruelty of the benefit cap, we hope this case is the beginning of the end for this nasty policy. It is a policy that punishes the vulnerable for being vulnerable and even fails on its own terms."

Queen's speech: Child Poverty Action Group response

21 June 2017
Welcome shelving of plans to cut universal free school meals; no plans for tackling rising child poverty, despite promise to tackle ‘burning injustice’ of poverty; urgent need for a coherent social justice agenda.

Benefits freeze must end as inflation jumps

13 June 2017
An urgent re-think of the current four-year freeze in benefits is needed to protect struggling families from further damage as inflation jumps to 2.9% - a four-year high - Child Poverty Action Group warns.