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Budget U-turn on tax credits and working families

08 July 2015
Responding to today’s budget Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “The welcome move on a higher minimum wage cannot disguise the truth that this is a budget that damages the economic security of working families, and takes us further down the road to being a two-nation economy, with higher child poverty for millions and lower taxes for the better off...

Grim news on child poverty

25 June 2015
Responding to today’s official poverty statistics (Households Below Average Income) Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: "These figures make grim reading for anyone looking for progress on child poverty.  Because, make no mistake, we are facing a child poverty crisis in the years ahead and the Government is not going to meet the child poverty targets it signed up to...

CPAG statement on PM's opportunity speech

22 June 2015
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech on opportunity, Alison Garnham Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Almost a decade ago, the Prime Minister spoke of poverty being a moral disgrace and an economic waste. That was right then and is right now...

Budget 2015: 'see no poverty, hear no poverty'

18 March 2015
Responding today to the Chancellor’s Budget speech, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “The chancellor made claim to a truly national recovery but this is a ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’ Budget which continues to leave children and the low paid behind...

CPAG criticises housing payments cut

30 January 2015
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has strongly criticised the government’s decision, announced today, to cut local authorities’ budgets for discretionary housing payments by 24% (from £165m in 2014 -15 to £125m for 2015-16)[fn]Discretionary Financial Assistance Regulations 2001 SI No. 11167 p1599[/fn]

Benefit cap hits children hardest

27 January 2015
Responding today to reports that the Government wants to impose a more severe benefit cap of £23,000 pa per household, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Let’s be absolutely clear. The benefit cap is at least nine times more likely to affect children than adults (1), and the majority of adults it hits are lone parents, many of whom have children so young even the Government recognises they should not be required to work...

Response to Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission

20 October 2014
Responding today to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s recommendation that the legally binding target to end child poverty by 2020 needs to be revised given the failure to make progress, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “We have failed a generation of children who are growing up poor but we will fail them a second time if we bury our heads in the sand and pretend that the 2020 targets will now be met...

Benefit cap will tip more children into poverty

28 September 2014
Responding today to reports that the Government is planning to impose a more severe benefit cap of £23,000 pa per household, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “This is likely to increase the headcount of children in poverty in working and non-working families, a move that would surely fail any credible family test...

Families continue to struggle as cost of a child increases

09 August 2014
Families working full time at the national minimum wage are 18 per cent short of the basic amount needed to provide themselves a minimum standard of living according to the new report ‘The Cost of a Child in 2014’ published today by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

Child Poverty Strategy is not a plan to end child poverty

26 June 2014
Commenting on today’s publication of the government’s child poverty strategy for 2014-17, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome the Government’s continued commitment to ending child poverty by 2020 but today’s strategy isn’t good news for a generation of children that needs the government to invest in their childhoods and life chances...