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Budget 2014: CPAG reaction

19 March 2014
Child Poverty Action Group responded positively to announcements of increased investment in childcare cost support through Universal Credit. But we believe that overall the Budget has done too little to help families and will lock-in austerity cuts for the long-term.

CPAG welcome announcement on childcare and early years pupil premium investment

18 March 2014
In response to the Government's announcement that 85% of childcare costs will be met in Universal Credit and that there will be a £50 million Early Years Pupil Premium funding for the most disadvantaged three and four year olds, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, said: "The announcement that in future 85% of childcare costs will be met in Universal Credit is fantastic news and something we have been campaigning hard for...

CPAG letter to Chancellor: use Autumn Statement to improve childcare support

03 December 2013
Our Chief Executive Alison Garnham has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking him to increase investment in support for childcare costs through universal credit in his Autumn Statement. 

Childcare in Universal Credit: Joint press release from CPAG and other organisations

17 October 2013
Government risks throwing away chance to tackle in-work poverty for the poorest parents, charities warn today. Joint press release from: Barnardo’s, the Children’s Society, the Trades Union Congress, Child Poverty Action Group, Gingerbread, Working Families, The Resolution Foundation, The Women’s Budget Group...

Coalition child poverty strategy is failing

17 October 2013
Responding to today’s first report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The Commission’s verdict is clear: the Coalition’s current child poverty strategy is failing and child poverty is set to rise...

NAO report on Universal Credit

05 September 2013
The National Audit Office has today published a withering assessment of the early progress on Universal Credit.

CPAG statement on NAO report on Universal Credit

05 September 2013
Commenting on the National Audit Office report ‘Universal Credit: early progress’ released today, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy of Child Poverty Action Group, said: 'This report places Universal Credit on the ‘critical list’, cataloguing mistakes and failures that have dogged the project right from the start...

Family living standards fall as minimum cost to raise a child up 4% in last year

19 August 2013
As parents face back-to-school costs, new research published today by Child Poverty Action Group and co-funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that parents face a growing struggle to provide a decent standard of living for their families in 2013.

The Cost of a Child in 2013

14 August 2013
This report shows parents struggled more than ever to provide a decent standard of living for their families in 2013. This is the second in a series of annual reports on the cost of bringing up a child in the UK. 

Universal credit: budgeting support

Issue 234 (June 2013)
David Simmons examines DWP guidance on the provision of budgeting support for universal credit claimants.