Life chances | CPAG

Life chances

Children’s life chances start in childhood. All children deserve a childhood free of financial hardship and a fair chance to reach their full potential in adulthood.

An effective strategy to boost children’s life chances should cover housing, education, health, the early years and household income, and not just prioritise worklessness and educational attainment.

Briefings

Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into Universal Credit - CPAG's response

The Work and Pensions Select Committee was so concerned about evidence heard during its inquiry into progress with the implementation of universal credit, that it has re-opened its inquiry to gather more evidence.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger inquiry on hunger amongst children during the school holidays

The school holidays can be a challenging time for many parents, particularly those on low incomes. They can lead to increased pressures on parents’ time and financial resources – including the need to find the money for extra food for their children.

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

Child poverty and education: A survey of the experiences of NEU members

A joint National Education Union (NEU) and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) survey received responses from 908 NEU members working in early years, primary and secondary schools and settings across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Poverty and child health: views from the frontline

This report, published by CPAG and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, reveals the devastating impact of poverty on children's health as seen by doctors working at the frontline. Of a survey of over 250 paediatricians, two-thirds believe that poverty and low income contribute 'very much' to ill health among the children they work with.

Cost of a child 2016

How much does it cost to raise a child in 2016? This annual research from CPAG and Professor Donald Hirsch, Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, finds that parents working on the new higher minimum wage still cannot earn enough to provide an acceptable minimum standard of living for their children.

News

Poverty is ‘making children sick’, say children’s doctors

11 May 2017
Poverty and low income is seriously affecting the health of UK children paediatricians are warning. Our survey with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) found almost half of paediatricians who reponded say the problem is getting worse. 

What can be done to improve children's life chances?

12 October 2016
CPAG's new book, Improving children's life chances, is out now. It discusses what 'life chances' means and explains how we cannot aspire to improve life chances without tackling child poverty.

Our submission on new life chances indicators

18 April 2016
Read our submission to the government on their new life chances indicators, which replace the current statutory child poverty measures.

Blogs

Old-fashioned kinds of poverty affecting child health

12 May 2017
It’s nearly a year since the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health first joined forces with Child Poverty Action Group to explore the links between poverty and children’s health. We know that four million children in the UK live in poverty, and we know that there is a demonstrable link between social disadvantage and poor health outcomes...

One year in: Mayor of London’s record so far

11 May 2017
In his Manifesto, Sadiq Khan boldly declared that ‘in a city as prosperous as London, there is no excuse for child poverty’. He repeated this statement almost word-for-word in A City for All Londoners, his new vision for London, published in October last year. Obviously we agree, but what action has he taken since to tackle the drivers of child poverty?

Children of austerity

13 April 2017
Thanks to the UNICEF Office for Research a book has been published today tracing what happened to children in rich countries following the financial crisis.