Child poverty statistics

A win is a win – our campaign on child poverty measures

09 March 2016
When the Welfare Reform and Work Bill was published back at the end of last summer, it drew a cacophony of groans from people working with children and families.  They knew that when,  in 2013,  the coalition government first consulted on scrapping income-based measures of child poverty and moving towards a life chances approach, 98% of the consultation responses disagreed vehemently with the idea.

The UK set for the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation

02 March 2016
The IFS today reports on its projections for poverty levels both now and looking forward to 2020. Its findings are in keeping with those from the Resolution Foundation in the autumn. The IFS projects a 50 per cent increase in relative child poverty – from 17.0 per cent in 2014-15 to 25.7 per cent in 2020-21 – and an increase in absolute child poverty from 16.7 per cent in 2014-15 to 18.3 per cent in 2020-21.

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...

Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into intergenerational fairness

29 February 2016
The post-crash period has been one in which children have been poorly protected, bearing the brunt of austerity measures, with the result that child poverty is increasing, and is set to do so into the future.

CPAG statement on welfare reform bill and child poverty statistics

26 February 2016
In response to the Government amendment, on the statutory publication of child poverty statistics, to the Welfare Reform & Work Bill, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “This is a good and welcome step and we’re pleased that the campaigning work we and others did has helped to secure it...

Campaign update

24 February 2016
Government votes down Lords' amendment to keep proper reporting on child poverty.

Update: Government votes down Lords amendment to keep child poverty reporting

24 February 2016
Yesterday the Government voted to scrap an amendment made to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill by the House of Lords, to oblige the Government to report on how many children are growing up poor. The House of Lords voted resoundingly for an amendment which reinserted measures of poverty based on income (rather than the 'life chances' measures, including educational attainment and parental worklessness the Government prefers). 

Take action on child poverty reporting

09 February 2016
Since the House of Lords voted to reject the government's plans to scrap child poverty reporting, it's now up to MPs - and you.

House of Lords defeats government on child poverty measures

28 January 2016
The House of Lords voted by an overwhelming majority to keep measures of child poverty that take account of family income.

Redefining Child Poverty Doesn't Tackle the Issue - The Government Must Show That All Kids Count

26 January 2016
After some time on the back-foot, if not in headlong retreat, common sense won out last night in the latest stage of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill's passage through parliament.