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UK child poverty gaps increasing again

28 May 2018
There has always been a debate in the world of poverty measurement about whether we should be more concerned about poverty rates (the proportion below a poverty threshold) or poverty gaps (how far people in poverty are below the poverty threshold).

Poverty gaps and material deprivation

06 December 2016
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

18 April 2016
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.

Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into intergenerational fairness

29 February 2016
The post-crash period has been one in which children have been poorly protected, bearing the brunt of austerity measures, with the result that child poverty is increasing, and is set to do so into the future.

Lords' briefing on tax credit statutory instrument

26 October 2015
This briefing explains the impact of the government's plans to cut tax credits on working families and child poverty. CPAG is opposed to cuts to tax credits because they will damage work incentives and increase child poverty.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill - Second Reading Briefing

16 July 2015
This Briefing presents CPAG's response to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015. The Bill presents wide-ranging changes which will affect families across the country.

Briefing on the impact of childcare costs on child poverty

25 June 2015
This research published by Gingerbread and Child Poverty Action Group found that 130,000 UK children are pushed into poverty as working parents struggle to pay rising childcare costs.

CPAG's response to the consultation on setting the 2020 persistent child poverty target

05 September 2014
This year the government is required by the Child Poverty Act 2010 to set a target it aims to achieve for persistent poverty in the UK by 2020.

Consultation response on the Child Poverty Strategy 2014-17

22 May 2014
This response sets out CPAG's detailed analysis of the Government's draft child poverty strategy proposals, with our recommendations for improvement.