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£3 billion tax credit cuts in 2nd quarter may have deepened recession

25 July 2012
The unexpectedly large contraction in the economy of 0.7%, announced by the Office for National Statistics today for the second quarter, is likely to have been contributed to by steep cuts of £3 billion to tax credits that hit households in April 2012.

High Court rules Government acted unlawfully in production of its child poverty strategy

17 July 2012
The Government acted unlawfully in its failure to establish a Child Poverty Commission to advise on its child poverty strategy, the High Court has ruled today in a successful judicial review brought by Child Poverty Action Group.

PM promises more pain for children and families

25 June 2012
Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech today on welfare, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said: “If this is the future direction of welfare policy it leaves in tatters the PM’s pledge to be the most family friendly government, to make progress on child poverty and to ensure the greatest burden of deficit reduction falls on the broadest shoulders...

New report finds poor children going hungry at school

15 June 2012
The British Youth Council and Child Poverty Action Group have today published a joint report, Going Hungry? Young people’s experiences of Free School Meals, on the failure of the free school meals system to reach all children in poverty.

“Unprecedented child poverty progress under massive threat from Coalition policies” say campaigners

14 June 2012

British children need Coalition to prove commitment to reducing child poverty

14 June 2012
Today’s new child poverty figures confirm that while the ambitious target for 2010 was not reached, it drove forward major progress reducing child poverty across all measures: absolute poverty reduced by more than half (from 3.4 million children to 1.4 million children since 1999); relative poverty reduced by 1.1 million children (from 3.4 million to 2.3 million since 1999); material deprivation reduced by 300,000 children (from 2.2 million to 1.9 million since 2005).

Experts warn massive reductions in UK child poverty may be reversed by Coalition

11 June 2012
The child poverty approach pursued between 1998 and 2010 was broad-based, made a significant and long-lasting difference to families with children and reduced child poverty on a scale and at a pace unmatched by other industrial nations during the period.

“Overhyped budget does nothing to stop Coalition hammering of Scotland’s families” say child poverty campaigners

27 May 2012

‘Save child benefit’ demands CPAG in Scotland

27 May 2012

Scotland's MPs urged to 'uphold six vital welfare amendments'

27 May 2012