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Condition of Britain: policies must address surging child poverty

19 June 2014
Commenting on today’s publication of ‘The Condition of Britain’ by the IPPR, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The Condition of Britain is a chance to move on from attacking the victims of Britain’s condition to addressing its causes – such as the lack of decently paid jobs, expensive housing and unaffordable childcare that has left benefits and tax credits doing too much of the heavy lifting...

New research shows councils in London fear housing crisis fuelled by welfare reform

11 June 2014
Cuts to benefits have left families in London struggling and unsure how they will afford to stay living in their area, according to a new CPAG report released today. Based on interviews with councils, advice services and parents as well a review of existing evidence, the report highlights that these key groups share the same fear: a housing crisis uprooting families from their homes and communities, with children’s education facing huge disruption by these forced moves.

Child poverty surge is because of austerity targeted on families

28 May 2014
Commenting on a report today by Save the Children UK warning of a massive rise in child poverty by 2020, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The warnings of a surge in child poverty are bleak, but hardly surprising when families have been put in the frontline of austerity and the back of the queue for the recovery...

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 analysis highlights child poverty risks of Chancellor’s new spending cap

18 March 2014
New analysis commissioned by Child Poverty Action Group from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Essex University highlights how the expected budget announcement on capping Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) could drive up UK child poverty rates.

Child Poverty strategy proposals need much greater ambition to reverse failures

27 February 2014
Commenting on today’s publication of the government consultation on their new child poverty strategy, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “After a long wait, we’re disappointed to see a list that contains little new, or likely to make a dent in the numbers of children growing up in poverty...

Government’s child poverty adviser Alan Milburn warns recovery must be fair

25 February 2014
On the eve of the publication of the government’s new child poverty strategy, the government’s adviser on child poverty and social mobility, Alan Milburn, has called for the government to maintain its focus on income poverty and warned that an economic recovery without a ‘social recovery’ would not be a success.

CPAG responds to Iain Duncan Smith speech on welfare reform

23 January 2014
Responding to today’s speech by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome the Secretary of State’s commitment to giving claimants the greater flexibility they need to enter work whilst keeping more of their earnings and not having housing support or tax credits thrown into chaos...

Shift to focus on root causes of benefit expenditure is welcome

20 January 2014
Responding to today’s speech by Rachel Reeves, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Rachel Reeves is spot on in saying that you can’t have a strong economy unless you have a system of social security that helps people into work, makes work pay and recognises contribution...

Miliband speech reaction: Tough decisions on market failures could help families

17 January 2014
Responding to Ed Miliband’s speech on the economy today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome Ed Miliband's focus on a stronger, fairer economy that works for ordinary families and leaves no child behind. Struggling families were the first to be hit by austerity measures; we can't allow them to be the last to benefit from economic recovery and growth...