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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.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Peers vote to retain poverty measures

25 January 2016
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the House of Lords vote today to retain the statutory duty to measure and report on income poverty which the Government wanted to scrap. Measures in the Welfare Reform & Work Bill which were voted down today would scrap the statutory duty to measure and report on income-based poverty, replacing it with only a duty to report on the number of workless households and children’s attainment at GCSE.

Frozen out: government’s silent treatment on Welfare Reform and Work Bill

21 December 2015
Last week the Welfare Reform and Work Bill entered committee stage in the House of Lords. The bill will scrap all the government’s child poverty targets and measures, and make sweeping cuts to social security. Given the wide-ranging changes it seeks to make, it is surprising – and worrying – that ministers have provided so little detail on how the new measures will work and what the impacts will be on families with children.

Response to SMCP report

17 December 2015
Responding today to today’s Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission report , Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action group Alison Garnham said: “The Commission is right to call for action to boost maternal employment and to raise the minimum wage so fewer people earn less than two thirds of median hourly pay but we need to be clear that cuts in benefits are the key driver of increased child poverty in the UK today...

The great child poverty conjuring trick

11 December 2015
Now you see it, now you don't. Steve Bell sums up the government's plans to scrap child poverty targets. Instead of measuring and acting on child poverty, they just want to measure how many children have parents who are out of work and how well they do at their GCSEs.