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The government’s child poverty strategy needs to be more child-focused, more poverty-focused, and more strategic

23 May 2014
This week, the official consultation closed on, potentially, the Coalition’s most important social policy objective– the new child poverty strategy. Running from 2014-17, the draft strategy covers the critical period during which we’d expect to see a big push to meet the statutory target to end child poverty by 2020 – especially given Iain Duncan Smith’s recent reaffirmation that he both remains committed to the target, and expects it to be met.

Miliband proposal on minimum wage would lock fairness into the growing economy

19 May 2014
Responding to the Labour leader Ed Miliband’s announcement today on the minimum wage, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The inconvenient truth is that for too many families, work isn't a route out of poverty – two-thirds of poor children live in working families...

Worrying news from ONS on zero-hour contracts

30 April 2014
New analysis pubished today by the Office for National Statistics suggests that the proliferation of zero-hour contracts is much greater than previously thought. The new figures suggest that there are now 1.4 million zero-hour contracts jobs.

Zero-hour contracts are wrong type of growth

30 April 2014
Commenting on new analysis published today by the Office for National Statistics showing the number of zero-hour contract jobs is higher than previously thought, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy, Rights and Advocacy for Child Poverty Action Group, said: “It’s not enough to look at how much the economy is growing, we need to look at how the economy is changing too...

How the poor have been hit hardest by inflation

20 March 2014
It’s hardly news that the incomes of poorer families have been squeezed until the pips squeak. Declining real wages, underemployment and cuts to social security have all combined to drive down the living standards of those at the bottom of the income distribution in recent years.

Budget 2014: Child Poverty Action Group on the impact on families

19 March 2014
Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget Statement today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Today’s Budget tries to lock-in austerity for millions of low-paid families, poor children, carers and disabled people...

New analysis highlights child poverty risks of Chancellor’s new spending cap

18 March 2014
New analysis commissioned by Child Poverty Action Group from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Essex University highlights how the expected budget announcement on capping Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) could drive up UK child poverty rates.

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...

Ministers publish new child poverty strategy consultation

27 February 2014
After a long wait, the government's consultation on a new child poverty strategy for 2014-2017 has arrived amid internal government squabbles on what the targets should be.

Child Poverty strategy proposals need much greater ambition to reverse failures

27 February 2014
Commenting on today’s publication of the government consultation on their new child poverty strategy, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “After a long wait, we’re disappointed to see a list that contains little new, or likely to make a dent in the numbers of children growing up in poverty...