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Child poverty costs UK £29 billion a year

05 June 2013
The high levels of child poverty in the UK are currently costing the country at least £29 billion a year – or £1,098 per household – according to new research released today by Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University (updating his 2008 study for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

The benefits versus services debate: our view

15 May 2013
Do investments in services such as children’s centres reduce child poverty more effectively than supporting families' incomes?

Landmark study: child poverty is growing as austerity bites

28 March 2013
Responding to the findings of the Poverty and Social Exclusion report, The Impoverishment of the UK, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:  “This is a landmark study; the largest and most authoritative study on poverty and deprivation conducted in the UK...

Budget leaves poorest families abandoned on the frontline of austerity

20 March 2013
Responding to today’s Budget Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said: “The Chancellor described it as a budget for families with children looking to work hard and aspiring to get on, but most low income families have very few reasons to be cheerful and plenty to be fearful...

New government announcement on childcare

19 March 2013
The government has today announced a new scheme, to start in three years' time, to give tax relief to families for childcare costs. However, CPAG is concerned that it would do very little to help the families that need it most, or to reduce child poverty.

Childcare support plan must be better targeted and more timely

19 March 2013
Responding to the government’s announcement that they will cover up to 85 per cent of childcare costs for some low-income families eligible for universal credit (UC) from April 2016, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said: “We welcome this government recognition that the high costs of childcare in the UK act as a significant deterrent for all families..

Coalition policies to push 600,000 children into absolute poverty by 2015

19 March 2013
New analysis for Child Poverty Action Group by Landman Economics has found that an increase of 600,000 children in absolute child poverty is likely between 2010 and 2015. The analysis is made on the basis of the Coalition tax and benefit spending policies implemented since 2010, and planned to be implemented up to 2015.

Government must not airbrush poverty pay out of the picture

31 January 2013
A speech today on the causes of child poverty by Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, made no mention of his department’s evidence that in-work problems like low wages and low hours are a factor in the majority of child poverty cases. Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Now is not a time to airbrush the main causes of child poverty out of the picture and move the goal posts...

The Double Lockout: How low income families will be locked out of fair living standards

16 January 2013
This report, published on the eve of the second reading of the Welfare Benefits Up-Rating Bill 2012-13, reveals that the government’s welfare benefit uprating legislation is based on bogus claims and is a poverty-producing bill that will further exclude the poorest workers, jobseekers, carers and disabled people from the mainstream of society.

CPAG Briefing for Autumn Statement 2012

10 January 2013
A full media briefing for the Autumn Statement on 5 December 2012, the needs of low income families that the Chancellor must address, and other related background information and resource.