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Threat to universal free school meals?

22 September 2015
Sign the petition asking the government not to cut universal free school meals for infants.

No such thing as a free lunch?

22 September 2015
A mere two years ago, the government introduced universal free school meals for infants. We were delighted at the time - and said so. Evidence from pilot projects showed that while all children benefit from free school meals, low-income children benefit the most.

New report on food bank use in Scotland

22 September 2015
'Hard Choices: Reducing the need for food banks in Scotland' explores in depth the stories of six families accessing food banks in one local authority area in central Scotland. It uses them to illustrate the findings of wider UK research of which they were a part, and to discuss the implications for policy makers, services providers and employers in Scotland.

Hard Choices: Reducing the need for food banks in Scotland

16 September 2015

'Cost of a child' revealed as crisis in family finances looms

11 August 2015

New blog from our food bank advisors

22 July 2015
Many people who use foodbanks have had their benefits sanctioned. Where's the promised government support?

Sanctions: where's the support?

22 July 2015
It’s all change at Westminster – once again. After five years dominated by the pace and scale of change to the social security system, the new Parliament promises some more pretty big changes, many of which were discussed in this week’s Welfare Reform & Work Bill debate.

Grim news on child poverty

25 June 2015
Responding to today’s official poverty statistics (Households Below Average Income) Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: "These figures make grim reading for anyone looking for progress on child poverty.  Because, make no mistake, we are facing a child poverty crisis in the years ahead and the Government is not going to meet the child poverty targets it signed up to...

CPAG statement on PM's opportunity speech

22 June 2015
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech on opportunity, Alison Garnham Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Almost a decade ago, the Prime Minister spoke of poverty being a moral disgrace and an economic waste. That was right then and is right now...

A view from the foodbank frontline

01 June 2015
Our Welfare Rights Advisor Dan Norris blogs on the benefits problems experienced by foodbank users in Tower Hamlets.