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Benefit cap breaches children’s rights, says Supreme Court

18 March 2015
Supreme Court judges have criticised the Government’s benefit cap for breaching international law on the rights of children.

‘Huge concern’ over new severe poverty figures

16 March 2015

CPAG responds to mooted child benefit cut

05 March 2015
Responding to reports that a three-child limit on child benefit is being considered, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “It’s astonishing that just as IFS reports show families have been hammered hardest by austerity cuts over this Parliament that plans that will inevitably impoverish even more children in the next Parliament are being discussed...

Autumn Statement: the prospect for children’s benefits looks no brighter

02 December 2014
Today’s the day that speculation about the content of the Autumn Statement reaches its peak. Will the Chancellor announce new spending cuts in light of lower-than-expected tax receipts? Or conversely, be in the market for some pre-election giveaways?

Uprating and the value of children’s benefits: Policy note December 2014

01 December 2014
This policy note considers the effect that uprating decisions have had on the real value of children’s benefits over the course of this parliament.

The road to the food bank is paved by failures in the safety net

19 November 2014
Visiting a food bank should be a last resort: we all hope that if times get hard, the safety net is there to make sure we aren’t left without the means to buy food for ourselves or our family. Yet new research from the Child Poverty Action Group, Oxfam, Church of England and the Trussell Trust has found that failures in the social safety net itself are often the trigger for food bank referrals.

Response to Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission

20 October 2014
Responding today to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s recommendation that the legally binding target to end child poverty by 2020 needs to be revised given the failure to make progress, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “We have failed a generation of children who are growing up poor but we will fail them a second time if we bury our heads in the sand and pretend that the 2020 targets will now be met...

CPAG criticises Shadow Chancellor's child benefit cut

22 September 2014
The Shadow Chancellor's decision to continue to uprate child benefit at a sub-inflation rate of 1% until 2016/17 would be a real blow for families with children.

Child Poverty Action Group criticises child benefit cut

22 September 2014
The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has criticised Labour's decision to cut child benefit for families who have already born the brunt of austerity. The benefit has already lost 14% of its real value in this parliament.