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Public attitudes to child poverty

Issue 146 (Autumn 2013)
During the recent economic downturn, we have seen public attitudes towards benefit recipients harden. But are attitudes towards child poverty behaving in a similar manner or is the public becoming more sympathetic?

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. 

Benefit claimants become filmmakers to challenge stereotypes

15 October 2013
Dole Animators, a ground-breaking project based in Leeds, is a group of jobseekers, single parents and disabled people who have made an animated film about their experience claiming support through social security during the period when the government’s welfare reforms are being implemented.

Submission to the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into housing costs support

07 October 2013
The Work and Pensions Committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into provision of support to meet housing costs in the reformed welfare system.

Groundhog Day welfare policy fails again to address root causes of labour market failures

30 September 2013
In response to the Chancellor’s speech at the Conservative Party conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: "It's a Groundhog Day welfare policy, with the same old headline-candy rhetoric about getting tough on claimants, but nothing addressing the root causes of failure of the labour market to provide enough decent jobs...

Benefits debate failing ordinary families: new polling and CPAG letter to party leaders

12 September 2013
The current debate about social security is failing ordinary families, according to a new campaign, ‘People Like Us’, being launched today by Child Poverty Action Group. The campaign is supported by new polling suggesting the public strongly rejects the idea that the government understands the concerns of people on low and middle incomes.

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...

BBC Trust: ‘Age of Entitlement’ programme on welfare reform broke accuracy and impartiality rules

30 July 2013
The BBC Trust has ruled that the programme The Future of the Welfare State with John Humphrys, broadcast in October 2011, has breached its rules on impartiality and accuracy. The programme, on a subject that the BBC Trust decided met its criteria for being a ‘controversial subject’ and a ‘major matter’, postulated that there is an ‘age of entitlement’.

New CPAG report and data on local authorities and child poverty

18 July 2013
We have published data showing the cost of child poverty in local areas around the UK, and a new report to help local authorities with their child poverty strategies.