Responding today to the Prime Minister’s Conservative Conference speech today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:
“The Prime Minister is absolutely right to recognise that ending UK poverty would be a tremendous social reform and he deserves huge credit for putting poverty, social mobility and equality at the heart of his speech.
“What was missing, however, was any recognition that the downward trend in child poverty seen in recent years is set to be turned around by 2020 into the kind of steep rise in poverty we’ve not seen since the 1980s. Nor did the Prime Minister acknowledge that the single biggest driver of the oncoming increases in poverty will be tax and benefit decisions made by his Government.
“The Government is making welcome progress in key areas like low pay and childcare but unless it takes steps to protect low income families, such as those being hit by tax credit cuts, then the PM’s legacy may end up being the biggest increase in child poverty for a generation.”
Notes to Editors:
(1) CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
(2) CPAG is the host organisation for the Campaign to End Child Poverty coalition, which has members from across civil society including children’s charities, faith groups, unions and other civic sector organisation, united in their campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met.
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