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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...

Chancellor hints at real terms NMW hike

16 January 2014
The Chancellor George Osborne is reported to be backing calls for the national minimum wage to rise to £7 per hour this October. He told the BBC: "I believe Britain can afford an above-inflation increase in the minimum wage so we restore its real value for people and we make sure we have a recovery for all and that work always pays."

CPAG statement on Chancellor's NMW comments

16 January 2014
Responding to the Chancellor George Osborne’s comments this afternoon on increasing the minimum wage above inflation, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “This is a very welcome suggestion from the Chancellor and it would do a great deal of good both for the poorest working families and for the economy...

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. 

Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission publishes first annual progress report

17 October 2013
The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has released its first annual report on the government's progress reducing child poverty and increasing social mobility. The report says the Coalition's child poverty strategy is failing.

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...

PM's conference speech: CPAG statement - Poverty is the enemy of opportunity

02 October 2013
In response to the Prime Minister’s speech at the Conservative Party conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: "The focus on opportunity is right and welcome but the big flaw in the speech is that you can’t build a land of opportunity for all on the ruins of a million more children living in poverty – poverty is the enemy of opportunity...

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

30 September 2013
Read our reaction to the Chancellor’s speech at the Conservative Party conference

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...