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Broken promises: What has happened to support for low-income working families under universal credit

01 March 2017
Today’s Guardian covered new analysis by CPAG and IPPR on the impact of cuts to universal credit. This analysis shows that universal credit cuts will hit families with children hardest, and will be poverty-producing to the tune of around a million children (comparing universal credit as originally designed with its current form).

New briefing: What has happened to support for low-income working families under universal credit

01 March 2017
Our new briefing examines cuts to universal credit ahead of next week's budget and was covered in today's Guardian. It finds that cuts to universal credit are poverty-producing to the tune of around one million children, and that families with children have been hit harder than any other group.

Child poverty bill: targets needed to drive action

03 February 2017
Commenting ahead of the second reading today of Dan Jarvis MP’s Private Member’s Bill - Child Poverty in the UK (Target for Reduction) Bill 2016-17 – which places a duty on the Secretary of State to meet four targets for child poverty by a target date (to be specified), Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said:  “Child poverty in the UK is starting to rise for the first time in almost a decade...

MSPs urged to use Budget Bill to top-up child benefit by £5

01 February 2017

CPAG responds to Prime Minister’s ‘shared society’ speech

09 January 2017
Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: "There are nearly 4 million UK children in poverty so the Prime Minister is absolutely right to say Government should commit to a programme of social reform which adds up to more than policies for dysfunctional families or for our very brightest children...

Child poverty report highlights why proposed Child Poverty Bill vital, say campaigner

21 December 2016

Poverty gaps and material deprivation

06 December 2016
This briefing describes how poverty gaps – the distance below the poverty line that the typical family living in poverty finds themselves – have changed since the start of the financial crisis. It shows that, even as the poverty rate has remained broadly stable, the poor have got poorer, and the experience of poverty has become harsher.

The cost of children

Issue 155 (Autumn 2016)
Families with children face a particular set of poverty risks. As children come into their lives, parents have a duty to care for them, something which takes time and which thus reduces the hours available to undertake paid work.

The causes of poverty

Poverty rarely has a single cause. A range of factors including rising living costs, low pay, lack of work, and inadequate social security benefits together mean some people do not have enough resources.

What is poverty?

Poverty is about more than just money, but a lack of money is the defining feature of being poor. Poverty is a very real issue in the UK today.