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Government must focus on reducing not redefining poverty

14 November 2012
Commenting ahead of the launch of a new government consultation on better ways of measuring child poverty, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: "It's perfectly sensible to look at the progress the government is or is not making across a broad range of indicators affecting children and families...

Anti-poverty campaigners welcome Scottish Government investment in vital welfare lifeline

29 October 2012
Anti-poverty campaigners welcome Scottish Government investment in vital welfare lifeline.

The real problem is poverty, not problem families

25 October 2012
In response to reports that Work & Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will later today deliver a speech on how the benefits system encourages problem families, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: "It's not problem families but families faced with the problem of low pay and shrinking government help for families...

CPAG response to PM's Conservative Party conference speech: ‘Rising child poverty the real cap on aspiration for children’

10 October 2012
Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech at the Conservative Party conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Rising child poverty will be the real cap on aspiration for an increasing number of children in the coming years...

Abhorrent plans will mark children as second class citizens from birth

08 October 2012
Commenting on George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith’s proposal that unemployed families should have their benefits capped if they have more children, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “With this abhorrent proposal, the Chancellor is saying that some children will be marked out from birth as second class citizens with their lives worth less than others...

IDS must reject 'disgraceful' attack on benefit up-rating and re-think welfare reforms set to increase poverty in Scotland, say child poverty and disability campaigners

28 September 2012

CPAG response to Nick Clegg's party conference speech

26 September 2012
Commenting on Nick Clegg's speech to the Liberal Democrat conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: "We look forward to hearing more detail about the new 'catch up' premium but it looks like a very welcome step towards tackling the attainment gap and stopping poor children from being left behind...

Benefits uprating plans would break the link with decency

18 September 2012
Commenting on reports that the Treasury is examining plans to freeze benefits for two years and de-link benefit levels from rises in earnings or inflation, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: "Breaking the link between benefits and living standards would be breaking the link with decency...

“Money for vital social fund lifeline woefully inadequate,” say anti-poverty campaigners

17 September 2012
Scottish Ministers urged to invest in replacement scheme to mitigate impact of cuts.

New CPAG research shows childhood getting more expensive

04 September 2012
As parents face back-to-school costs, new research published today by Child Poverty Action Group and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation details the costs of meeting the minimum basic needs of a child in 2012.