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Government faces legal challenge to housing benefit cuts

07 March 2011
Child Poverty Action Group has announced today that it has issued urgent proceedings for judicial review of two of the cuts to Housing Benefit for private sector tenants due to come into force in full on 1st April 2011: restriction of maximum household size to four bedrooms and caps on the amount of Housing Benefit a household can receive.

Government to remove help from families in crisis

03 March 2011
Commenting on today’s announcement of new rules preventing access to crisis loans to be brought in next month, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “We are shocked that Ministers would cut holes in the final layer of the safety net for families hit by a crisis...

Treasury must not wreck universal credit and poverty progress

17 February 2011
Commenting ahead of today’s publication of the Welfare Reform Bill, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The jury is still out on the universal credit. Ministers are right to aim for much better back to work support and a benefits system that makes it pay to work...

"Millions risk being worse off" say Scottish welfare campaigners as reform bill published

11 February 2011

More needed to deliver on promised action to end child poverty in Scotland, say campaigners

02 February 2011

Universal credit flaws and IT glitch must not damage children and families

12 January 2011
Commenting on the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the government’s proposals for welfare reform and a Universal Credit system, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The IFS report looks at Universal Credit, but the Government’s overall record on welfare so far is even more worrying...

Campaigners welcome strengthened Child Poverty Commission

21 December 2010
Commenting on the publication today of the Government’s consultation on its child poverty strategy, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “We welcome this consultation. All the main parties in the United Kingdom, as well as all the national governments, are now committed to ending child poverty and asking voters to judge them on their results...

Professor Ruth Lister appointed Honorary President of Child Poverty Action Group

08 December 2010
Child Poverty Action Group has today at its Annual General Meeting announced the appointment of Professor Ruth Lister as the Honorary President of the Group. Following the death of Professor Peter Townsend in 2009, the position of President has remained unfilled until today partly as a matter of respect.

Spending Review “profoundly unfair” on Scotland’s families, say child poverty campaigners

20 October 2010

New poverty stats stark reminder of need for action, say child poverty campaigners

19 August 2010