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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

12 August 2014
Responding today to the government’s decision to reconsider how to fund local welfare assistance schemes in 2015/16, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome that the government has recognised the importance of local welfare assistance schemes and has committed to undertake a thorough review and consultation before deciding how the schemes will be funded in future...

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...

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...