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Budget 2014: Child Poverty Action Group on the impact on families

19 March 2014
Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget Statement today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Today’s Budget tries to lock-in austerity for millions of low-paid families, poor children, carers and disabled people...

New analysis highlights child poverty risks of Chancellor’s new spending cap

18 March 2014
New analysis commissioned by Child Poverty Action Group from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Essex University highlights how the expected budget announcement on capping Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) could drive up UK child poverty rates.

Ministers publish new child poverty strategy consultation

27 February 2014
After a long wait, the government's consultation on a new child poverty strategy for 2014-2017 has arrived amid internal government squabbles on what the targets should be.

Child Poverty strategy proposals need much greater ambition to reverse failures

27 February 2014
Commenting on today’s publication of the government consultation on their new child poverty strategy, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “After a long wait, we’re disappointed to see a list that contains little new, or likely to make a dent in the numbers of children growing up in poverty...

Government’s child poverty adviser Alan Milburn warns recovery must be fair

25 February 2014
On the eve of the publication of the government’s new child poverty strategy, the government’s adviser on child poverty and social mobility, Alan Milburn, has called for the government to maintain its focus on income poverty and warned that an economic recovery without a ‘social recovery’ would not be a success.

Tackle child poverty by letting mums work

11 February 2014
London is the child poverty capital of the UK, with more poor children living in London than in Wales and Scotland combined. These numbers are driven up by a jobs market that is not working for mothers. Women with children are less likely to be employed in London than elsewhere in the country.

CPAG responds to Iain Duncan Smith speech on welfare reform

23 January 2014
Responding to today’s speech by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome the Secretary of State’s commitment to giving claimants the greater flexibility they need to enter work whilst keeping more of their earnings and not having housing support or tax credits thrown into chaos...

You can’t reduce poverty without an adequate welfare state

21 January 2014
No one denies that Rachel Reeves, as Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, has one of the toughest gigs in town. Fiscally, it seems a Labour government would cap spending on social security. Politically, at a time when highly punitive policies such as the benefit cap attract broad public support, Labour is sensitive to proposing any reform that could be spun as "soft on scroungers".

Shift to focus on root causes of benefit expenditure is welcome

20 January 2014
Responding to today’s speech by Rachel Reeves, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Rachel Reeves is spot on in saying that you can’t have a strong economy unless you have a system of social security that helps people into work, makes work pay and recognises contribution...

Miliband speech reaction: Tough decisions on market failures could help families

17 January 2014
Responding to Ed Miliband’s speech on the economy today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome Ed Miliband's focus on a stronger, fairer economy that works for ordinary families and leaves no child behind. Struggling families were the first to be hit by austerity measures; we can't allow them to be the last to benefit from economic recovery and growth...