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Child poverty reduced to lowest level in 25 years

12 May 2011
Commenting on the new child poverty figures for 2009/10 announced today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “It is great news that child poverty fell during what was a terribly hard year for families and the economy...

Unlawful child poverty ‘strategy’ includes cuts that make poor families poorer

05 April 2011
Responding to the publication today of the Government’s child poverty ‘strategy’ and social mobility strategy, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “A child poverty ‘strategy’ which does not set out how poverty numbers will fall, and by when, is not a strategy and is incredibly disappointing and surprising given the Prime Minister’s stated commitment on tackling poverty...

Campaigners welcome strengthened Child Poverty Commission

21 December 2010
Commenting on the publication today of the Government’s consultation on its child poverty strategy, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “We welcome this consultation. All the main parties in the United Kingdom, as well as all the national governments, are now committed to ending child poverty and asking voters to judge them on their results...

What should be done next?

Issue 136 (Summer 2010)
Child poverty is not a discrete social problem that can be eradicated without tackling wider inequalities of income and wealth.

The child poverty strategy: what worked?

Issue 136 (Summer 2010)
Over the past decade, the UK has embarked on an ambitious effort to end child poverty. Jane Waldfogel has tracked the progress of the initiative and reports on it in her new book, Britain’s War on Poverty.

Child poverty: political consensus or electoral battleground?

Issue 135 (Winter 2010)
There is now a political consensus now exists that high levels of child poverty in the UK are unacceptable.

Child poverty and well-being in the here and now

Issue 129 (Winter 2008)
Since New Labour pledged to eliminate child poverty by 2020, a myriad of policy changes have been made to address the problems associated with poverty and deprivation during childhood.

An interview with Ed Balls

Issue 129 (Winter 2008)
In the wake of the creation of the new, cross-governmental Child Poverty Unit and the implementation of the Children’s Plan, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls MP is optimistic about the future.

Increase in working poor a massive blow to Government’s work first poverty strategy

03 January 2008
Commenting on the IPPR report Working out of poverty: a study of the low paid and the working poor, released today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Kate Green, said: “The report shows that the main plank of the Government’s strategy to end child poverty is failing...

Child poverty and party politics: what hopes of a consensus?

Issue 128 (Autumn 2007)
All the main parties agree that child poverty must be eradicated. But recent reports reveal a lack of common ground on the right level of state intervention. Lisa Harker analyses the different political approaches.