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A child poverty strategy

As a compassionate nation, it's right to address the root causes of child poverty and ensure all children can enjoy happy, healthy lives.

When the government prioritises child poverty and shows leadership, significant progress can be made. We have successfully reduced child poverty before.

A child poverty strategy would make sure everyone in the government who is responsible for the wellbeing and future of our children is focused on child poverty. This means taking action to reduce child poverty, and having targets to work towards. Action should include:

Read the recent history of UK child poverty

Briefings

A manifesto for ending child poverty

This election period, we want all candidates from all parties to make a commitment to tackle child poverty. We've put together the big things we're calling for from the next government in a manifesto. We want the next government to invest in children's benefits, bring in a child poverty strategy and build a more effective social security system for us all. 

Social security – where have we been and where are we going?

As our Secure Futures for Children and Families gets underway, our CEO Alison Garnham looks back and the history of the social security system, what has gone wrong and what the future could look like. 

Submission to UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

We have submitted evidence to the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, who will visit the UK in November.

Reports

The Safety Net is Gone

To understand the impact of child poverty on the lives of children and families in England better, CPAG, the Child Welfare Inequalities Project (CWIP) and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) conducted a survey of social workers between January and March 2020 to ask them about the experiences of the families they work with.

Pushing Back: Our take on life in poverty in London

This report has been developed by the A Different Take London panel. We are a group of children, young people and parents with experience of living on a low income, and people from Child Poverty Action Group and the University of Leeds. Between January-June 2019 we have been discussing our own experiences and priorities and talking to the people in our communities, to develop our own agenda around the most important issues affecting the lives of people in poverty and what we think should be done about them.

Pushing Back: Our take on life in poverty in London

This report has been developed by the A Different Take London panel. We are a group of children, young people and parents with experience of living on a low income, and people from Child Poverty Action Group and the University of Leeds. Between January-June 2019 we have been discussing our own experiences and priorities and talking to the people in our communities, to develop our own agenda around the most important issues affecting the lives of people in poverty and what we think should be done about them.

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.

Child Poverty Targets Bill: 2nd reading

03 February 2017
Bill would bring crucial targets to drive action on child poverty.

David Cameron's record on child poverty - our verdict

13 July 2016
David Cameron said 'nothing is really impossible if you put you mind to it' at his last PMQs today - sadly his legacy on child poverty demonstrates the effect of much talk, and little action.

Blogs

Black children’s lives matter

19 June 2020
Black lives matter, particularly the lives of children. Poor children are more likely to be behind in school than their wealthier peers, have reported lower sense of well-being, have poorer health outcomes and even employment difficulties in adulthood. But we don’t talk enough about the fact that some children in black and minority ethnic (BME) families are more likely to experience poverty.

Putting children's rights at the heart of social security

20 November 2019
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The fact that more countries have volunteered to be bound by the Convention than any other international human rights treaty reflects the global endorsement of the status of children as right-holders. The UK signed up to the Convention in December 1991, but to what extent is it meeting its obligations?

Understand poverty by talking to all of the experts

10 October 2019
This week sees the UN day for the Eradication of Poverty and London Challenge Poverty Week. One of the events to mark this is the launch of a new study to understand poverty in all its forms in the UK. This blog sets out the key findings only – please check out the full report. The phrase ending poverty in all its forms comes from the Sustainable Development Goals.