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Family budgets hit by ‘Bad Friday’ bombshell

04 April 2012
Commenting on the multi-billion pound cuts set to hit ordinary families on Good Friday, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This year’s holiday will feel more like ‘Bad Friday’ for millions of families as they come to terms with over £2 billion of cuts.

Benefit uprating: a return to human decency?

Issue 141 (Spring 2012)
In tough economic times, public debate can sometimes become more understanding of the plight of the worst off, but at other times show elements of mean-spirited selfishness. Nowhere has the latter response been more evident than in recent debates about the uprating of benefits.

Open letter calls on Prime Minster to reconsider child benefit cuts

14 March 2012
A group of organisations representing women, mothers and working families has written an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to reconsider the three year freeze of child benefit and the clawback of the benefit for families with a higher rate taxpayer. The organisations are also backing CPAG's Save Child Benefit campaign.

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...

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 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...

Complacent Budget puts child poverty promise at risk

23 March 2011
Commenting on today’s Budget statement by the Chancellor, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This poverty-complacent Budget puts at risk the Government’s ability to meet its legally binding targets and its pre-election promises to end child poverty by 2020...

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...