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Families continue to struggle as cost of a child increases

09 August 2014
Families working full time at the national minimum wage are 18 per cent short of the basic amount needed to provide themselves a minimum standard of living according to the new report ‘The Cost of a Child in 2014’ published today by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

CPAG's response to DWP evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS)

17 July 2014
CPAG’s response to the DWP evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (RSRS) published today.

Let's all have lunch!

11 July 2014
People often lament how the world of politics has very little to do with the ordinary lives of real people. For some parents, at least, that’s about to change. From September, all infant school children will be entitled to a free school meal. Across the country, children from all backgrounds will sit down together to a nutritious, healthy free lunch, fuelling concentration and learning.

Child Poverty Strategy is not a plan to end child poverty

26 June 2014
Commenting on today’s publication of the government’s child poverty strategy for 2014-17, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome the Government’s continued commitment to ending child poverty by 2020 but today’s strategy isn’t good news for a generation of children that needs the government to invest in their childhoods and life chances...

EU court upholds equality for pregnant workers

19 June 2014
A landmark ruling today from the EU’s highest court has upheld the rights of pregnant EU nationals to equal treatment when claiming benefits. The European Court of Justice ruled that a French national who was working in the UK and had to give up work because of the late stages of pregnancy should be entitled to income support.

Condition of Britain published by IPPR

19 June 2014
The Labour leader Ed Miliband has spoken at an event today to launch the IPPR's major report The Condition of Britain and to give further details of the Labour Party's policy.

Condition of Britain: policies must address surging child poverty

19 June 2014
Commenting on today’s publication of ‘The Condition of Britain’ by the IPPR, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The Condition of Britain is a chance to move on from attacking the victims of Britain’s condition to addressing its causes – such as the lack of decently paid jobs, expensive housing and unaffordable childcare that has left benefits and tax credits doing too much of the heavy lifting...

New research shows councils in London fear housing crisis fuelled by welfare reform

11 June 2014
Cuts to benefits have left families in London struggling and unsure how they will afford to stay living in their area, according to a new CPAG report released today. Based on interviews with councils, advice services and parents as well a review of existing evidence, the report highlights that these key groups share the same fear: a housing crisis uprooting families from their homes and communities, with children’s education facing huge disruption by these forced moves.

Families on the brink: welfare reform in London

11 June 2014
London’s housing crisis is well publicised and well discussed. We're used to reading about extortionate rents being charged for box properties or a generation that is likely to be priced out of buying.

Families on the brink

09 June 2014
This report looks at the impact of welfare reform in London where child poverty rates and housing costs are already higher than other parts of the country and finds fears that the capital could become unaffordable for low income families.