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CPAG's response to David Cameron's speech

07 October 2015
Responding today to the Prime Minister’s Conservative Conference speech today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “The Prime Minister is absolutely right to recognise that ending UK poverty would be a tremendous social reform and he deserves huge credit for putting poverty, social mobility and equality at the heart of his speech...

London working parents face 'toxic' costs package

01 September 2015
Mothers in couples in London are significantly less likely to be working than their counterparts elsewhere, new research from Child Poverty Action Group finds. Employment among London’s couple-mums lags some 12 percentage points behind the rest of the UK according to the report, Hard Work.

The minimum standard of living is getting harder to reach

12 August 2015
The basic cost of bringing up a child is getting harder to meet. New CPAG research updating our annual 'Cost of a child' report has found that while the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 remains high, at £149,805, state support for meeting those costs is diminishing sharply.

Parents struggling to meet no-frills family costs as crisis in family finances looms

12 August 2015
Parents working on the minimum wage are on the brink of a new crisis in family finances that will leave many stranded when it comes to meeting no-frills family costs, warns a new report produced by Loughborough University’s Donald Hirsch for Child Poverty Action Group.

Additional family hardship on the horizon

12 August 2015
Since the election an important debate has opened up over how far state benefits should be underpinning family living standards. The government is clearly trying to reduce what it sees as unnecessary dependency, including for families in low-paid work. It has approached this from multiple angles.

Cost of a child 2015

12 August 2015
We've just published our yearly research on the cost of raising a child. It finds a looming crisis for family finances.

London’s poorest hit by cuts to council tax support

30 July 2015
 Two years on from the abolition of national council tax benefit, tens of thousands of low-income Londoners are still reeling in the face of local payment demands, a report from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Z2K reveals. Too poor to pay tracks the impact of the second year (2014-15) of localised council tax support schemes which replaced national council tax benefit in April 2013.

Too poor to pay

29 July 2015
Too poor to pay tracks the impact of the second year (2014-15) of localised council tax support schemes which replaced national council tax benefit in April 2013. Council tax support is for people on low incomes, in or out-of-work, and reduces the amount of their council tax bill they are liable for.

Too poor to pay

29 July 2015
Since localisation of council tax support, over 123,000 Londoners have fallen into arrears on a bill they were previous deemed too poor to pay.

New blog from our food bank advisors

22 July 2015
Many people who use foodbanks have had their benefits sanctioned. Where's the promised government support?