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Government abandons low income families in child poverty u-turn

29 November 2011
Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “Britain’s poorest families have been abandoned today and left to face the worst. The increase in child tax credit that the Chancellor said last year was there to stop child poverty rising for at least two years has been cancelled today...

Prime Minister must scrap child tax plan

18 November 2011
Responding to comments by the Prime Minister at a car plant yesterday that he would reconsider proposals for higher rate taxpayers receiving child benefit, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The Prime Minister is right to look again at this proposal, which was rushed out by the Chancellor with the maths all wrong and no idea of how it would work in practice...

Free childcare for 140,000 two year olds will help address child poverty

11 November 2011
Responding to the details announced today by the Deputy Prime Minster of the extension of free childcare for 2 year olds in economically disadvantaged households, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The government’s child poverty strategy needs to be a broad approach, with action on early years an essential element alongside decent welfare benefits, fair pay and high quality services...

London families need jobs they can raise a family on

20 October 2011
In response to the publication of the London Poverty Profile published today by the Trust for London, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said: “This valuable, in-depth report is the latest to spell out the extent and the depth of poverty facing London’s children...

CPAG response to inflation rise

18 October 2011
In response to the higher than anticipated inflation figures for September published today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said: “Caught between the spiralling cost of essentials and a fall in the real value of benefits, it is low income families who are truly feeling the squeeze...

Court rules to allow discriminatory impacts of Housing Benefit cuts

13 October 2011
The High Court of Justice has today passed down judgment in favour of the Government in a Judicial Review brought by Child Poverty Action Group. The review concerned two specific cuts to housing benefit that came into force this April: restriction of maximum household size to four bedrooms and caps on the amount of Housing Benefit a household can receive.

Government must act urgently on devastating child poverty warning

11 October 2011
In response to the publication of a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which projects child poverty to rise by 800,000 children as a result of the Government’s policies, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “This devastating report leaves the Government’s child poverty and social mobility strategies in jeopardy...

IFS child poverty forecast "devastating" say Scottish campaigners

11 October 2011

CPAG response to PM's party conference speech

05 October 2011
In response to David Cameron’s party conference speech, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said: “There was a child poverty-sized hole in this speech. The Prime Minister said his party would lift the poorest up but his speech completely ignores the fact that as a result of his government’s policies child poverty will rise significantly...

Government fiscal hindrance package could tip us into recession

04 October 2011
Commenting on the new economic performance figures published by the Office for National Statistics today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This is extremely worrying. A shrinking economy is especially bad news for the poorest families already reeling from the VAT increase and the rising cost of living...