The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has released its first annual report on the government's progress reducing child poverty and increasing social mobility. The report says the Coalition's child poverty strategy is failing.
The Commission, led by the Rt Hon Alan Milburn, was set up to 'hold the government's feet to the fire' over its progress. It is an independent body set up under the Child Poverty Act, and the government will be required to make an official response to its findings and recommendations.
The report criticises government for putting an unfair share of the austerity burden on families with children and for failing to address the growing problem of in-work poverty. It makes many recommendations that CPAG is supportive of, such as better protections for children in future tax and spending decisions, raising the minimum wage and extending childcare subsidy under Universal Credit to 85% of childcare costs for the lowest earning families.
You can read CPAG's full reaction in our press release, which also contains a link to the full report.