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BBC Trust: ‘Age of Entitlement’ programme on welfare reform broke accuracy and impartiality rules

30 July 2013
The BBC Trust has ruled that the programme The Future of the Welfare State with John Humphrys, broadcast in October 2011, has breached its rules on impartiality and accuracy. The programme, on a subject that the BBC Trust decided met its criteria for being a ‘controversial subject’ and a ‘major matter’, postulated that there is an ‘age of entitlement’.

'Foodbanks first’ jobseekers cut and welfare cap will rack up economic costs of child poverty

26 June 2013
Responding to today’s spending Review Statement by the Chancellor, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The decision to delay eligibility for Job Seekers Allowance to seven days is a ‘foodbanks first’ policy that will hurt families stuck in the low pay – no pay cycle, moving in and out of insecure, low-paid jobs, and will lengthen foodbank queues...

Two thirds of children in poverty living in working families

13 June 2013
Responding to today’s official figures on UK child poverty for 2011/12, published today by DWP, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Despite all the talk about ‘scroungers’ and generations of families never working, today’s poverty figures expose comprehensively the myth that the main cause of poverty is people choosing not to work...

Miliband speech: CPAG welcome commitment to child poverty reduction

06 June 2013
Responding to the speech Ed Miliband made today on social security, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome the renewed commitment to child poverty reduction as a top priority for a future Labour administration. We always put our children’s needs first in family life, and we should do so as a nation too...

Miliband speech on social security – CPAG reaction

06 June 2013
Responding to announcements from the Labour Party about the speech Ed Miliband will make today (Thursday) on social security, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome Labour’s shift to looking at the root causes that put pressure on social security spending and increase poverty, such as poverty pay, sky-high rents and lack of affordable childcare...

Child poverty costs UK £29 billion a year

05 June 2013
The high levels of child poverty in the UK are currently costing the country at least £29 billion a year – or £1,098 per household – according to new research released today by Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University (updating his 2008 study for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

Government child poverty strategy needs rethink as experts warn of looming crisis

07 May 2013
Responding to the publication today of new projections for UK child poverty rates, prepared by the Institute for Fiscal Studies for the Northern Ireland Executive (OFMDFM), Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We always put our children’s needs first in family life, and we should do as a nation too. But today’s dire projections reveal we are in danger of failing the next generation...

Landmark study: child poverty is growing as austerity bites

28 March 2013
Responding to the findings of the Poverty and Social Exclusion report, The Impoverishment of the UK, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:  “This is a landmark study; the largest and most authoritative study on poverty and deprivation conducted in the UK...

Coalition policies to push 600,000 children into absolute poverty by 2015

19 March 2013
New analysis for Child Poverty Action Group by Landman Economics has found that an increase of 600,000 children in absolute child poverty is likely between 2010 and 2015. The analysis is made on the basis of the Coalition tax and benefit spending policies implemented since 2010, and planned to be implemented up to 2015.

DWP drops Supreme Court appeal over disabled children ‘bedroom tax’

14 March 2013
The Department for Work and Pensions has issued an ‘urgent bulletin’ announcing that the Secretary of State has decided to drop his pursuit of an appeal at the Supreme Court on a case he had lost at the Court of Appeal.