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Universal credit briefing

16 March 2016

IFS report reveals child poverty about to surge

02 March 2016
Responding to today’s IFS poverty projections, Imran Hussain, Director of Policy at Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The prime minister has promised an all- out assault on poverty but we're facing a full blown child poverty crisis as a result of government tax and benefit policy choices which have prioritised tax cuts for richer groups rather than help for low income families...

CPAG reaction to Prime Minister’s speech on life chances and parenting

11 January 2016
Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech on life chances and parenting today, Chief Executive of Child  Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “Of course parenting is difficult - and the most important job there is - but it is a whole lot harder to give your children good chances in life if you’re on poverty pay and clobbered by sky-high housing and childcare costs...

Response to SMCP report

17 December 2015
Responding today to today’s Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission report , Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action group Alison Garnham said: “The Commission is right to call for action to boost maternal employment and to raise the minimum wage so fewer people earn less than two thirds of median hourly pay but we need to be clear that cuts in benefits are the key driver of increased child poverty in the UK today...

Autumn statement: tax credits U-turn is stay of execution

27 November 2015
Read our Director, John Dickie's response to the Autumn Statement here.

Autumn statement: tax credits U-turn is stay of execution

25 November 2015
Our response the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.

Autumn statement: tax credits u-turn is a stay of execution

25 November 2015
Responding to the Autumn Statement today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “The Chancellor’s half-solved the problem he created in the Summer Budget of how we help the low paid. His decision to drop the latest tax credit cuts is very welcome and will be a huge relief to hard-up working families but, as the Treasury’s own costings reveal, the significant cuts to universal credit mean that in reality this is only a stay of execution...

Nursery Nurses, Security Guards, Hairdressers – New Research Reveals Scale of Workers’ Losses In Tax Credit Cuts

26 October 2015
As the House of Lords prepares to vote on tax credit cuts (on Monday 26th October), new analysis published today by Child Poverty Action Group reveals the extent to which workers in different jobs could lose out as a direct result of the controversial, proposed cuts. Nursery nurses, security guards, bank clerks and hospital porters are among those who would take heavy losses, the research shows.

The Resolution Foundation: 200,000 more children in poverty next year

12 October 2015
The Resolution Foundation made the news last week with their estimates of the impact on child poverty of the Summer Budget. Their report, A poverty of information, suggests that 200,000 more children will fall into poverty in 2016/17 as a direct result of the measures in the Summer Budget.

What does blue-collar Conservatism look like?

12 October 2015
After the 2015 election the Prime Minister promised ‘blue-collar Conservatism’, which he said was about 'giving everyone in our country the chance to get on, with the dignity of a job, the pride of a pay cheque, a home of their own and the security and peace of mind that comes from being able to support a family’.