16 March 2016
This Budget puts the next generation last and set to be the poorest generation for decades.
16 March 2016
Responding to today’s Budget, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “This Budget puts the next generation last and set to be the poorest generation for decades. The Chancellor ignored both the 3.7m children in poverty now and the fact that according to IFS projections we face the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation...
09 March 2016
When the Welfare Reform and Work Bill was published back at the end of last summer, it drew a cacophony of groans from people working with children and families. They knew that when, in 2013, the coalition government first consulted on scrapping income-based measures of child poverty and moving towards a life chances approach, 98% of the consultation responses disagreed vehemently with the idea.
02 March 2016
The IFS today reports on its projections for poverty levels both now and looking forward to 2020. Its findings are in keeping with those from the Resolution Foundation in the autumn. The IFS projects a 50 per cent increase in relative child poverty – from 17.0 per cent in 2014-15 to 25.7 per cent in 2020-21 – and an increase in absolute child poverty from 16.7 per cent in 2014-15 to 18.3 per cent in 2020-21.
02 March 2016
Responding to today’s IFS poverty projections, Imran Hussain, Director of Policy at Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The prime minister has promised an all- out assault on poverty but we're facing a full blown child poverty crisis as a result of government tax and benefit policy choices which have prioritised tax cuts for richer groups rather than help for low income families...
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...
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).
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.