Child poverty: a national priority | CPAG

Child poverty: a national priority

Child poverty responds to government policy. When child poverty is prioritised across government, significant progress can be made. When it isn’t, child poverty rises.

Targets drive progress, so they should be put in place to focus efforts to reduce child poverty. 

Read the recent history of UK child poverty

 

Briefings

Election 2017 manifesto

Today, children are already twice as likely to be poor as pensioners. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, child poverty is set to soar to 5.1 million children by 2022 – a 42 per cent rise over ten years.

Poverty gaps and material deprivation

This briefing describes how poverty gaps – the distance below the poverty line that the typical family living in poverty finds themselves – have changed since the start of the financial crisis. It shows that, even as the poverty rate has remained broadly stable, the poor have got poorer, and the experience of poverty has become harsher.

Life chances indicators - CPAG submission

The government intends to replace the current statutory child poverty measures with new measures of ‘life chances’. Four statutory measures have been put forward: children in workless households, children in long-term workless households, and educational attainment at Key Stage 4 (GCSE) for all children and for disadvantaged children.

Reports

Reforms to Universal Credit

The TUC and CPAG co-author this report on how reforms to Universal Credit could reduce child poverty. The research compares 13 reforms, grouped into: raising the income tax threshold; reducing the taper rate; increasing work allowances; and increasing the child element. It finds that the tax threshold proposal cost by far the most, yet came bottom of the list for its child poverty reducing potential.

Programme for government, 2015-2020

The 2015 government faces a child poverty crisis: by 2020, there are predicted to be 700,000 more children in poverty than there were in 2010. Our programme for government sets out six steps the government can take to face up to this crisis.

An estimate of the cost of child poverty in 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 by Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University.

News

UN Special Rapporteur arrives to assess extreme poverty in UK

05 November 2018
Today the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty arrives in the UK for a twelve-day visit.

Sea Gals - youngest team to swim channel - raise £5000

26 July 2018
Six girls from East London - Amelie Noor, Eve Napier, Grace Radford, Lucy Sims, Ruby Greer and Sasha Vinnicombe - successfully swam the English Channel from Dover to Cap Gris-Nez near Calais on 19 July.

LCC students create animations showing experience of poverty

19 March 2018
LCC students create animations showing experience of poverty

Blogs

Bringing a motion at the Youth Parliament

08 August 2019
Ben Lomas is the Member of Youth Parliament for St Helens. He lives in St Helens, and will begin year ten at Rainford High in September. Earlier this month, Ben brought a motion on child poverty to the Annual Conference of the Youth Parliament. We asked him about his experience.

2018: the year in review

19 December 2018
The United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, completed his 10 day visit in November by concluding that the UK's high child poverty rate was “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster, all rolled into one”.

UN Rapporteur’s report a ‘wake-up call’ on UK poverty

19 November 2018
When the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, completed his 10 day visit to the UK on 16 November, he found that the poverty he had observed was unjust and, in his opinion, contrary to British values.