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Labour renew commitment to action on child poverty

06 June 2013
The Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, made a major speech on social security, in which he renewed his commitment to child poverty reduction as a top priority for a future Labour administration.

Miliband speech: CPAG welcome commitment to child poverty reduction

06 June 2013
Responding to the speech Ed Miliband made today on social security, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome the renewed commitment to child poverty reduction as a top priority for a future Labour administration. We always put our children’s needs first in family life, and we should do so as a nation too...

Miliband speech on social security – CPAG reaction

06 June 2013
Responding to announcements from the Labour Party about the speech Ed Miliband will make today (Thursday) on social security, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome Labour’s shift to looking at the root causes that put pressure on social security spending and increase poverty, such as poverty pay, sky-high rents and lack of affordable childcare...

Child poverty costs UK £29 billion a year

05 June 2013
The high levels of child poverty in the UK are currently costing the country at least £29 billion a year – or £1,098 per household – according to new research released today by Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University (updating his 2008 study for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

Half a million on food aid is a national scandal

30 May 2013
Responding to Walking the Breadline, a new report published today on UK food poverty by Oxfam and Church Action on Poverty, the Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, Imran Hussain, said: “It’s a national scandal that half a million British people are now having to turn to food aid.

Government child poverty strategy needs rethink as experts warn of looming crisis

07 May 2013
Responding to the publication today of new projections for UK child poverty rates, prepared by the Institute for Fiscal Studies for the Northern Ireland Executive (OFMDFM), Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We always put our children’s needs first in family life, and we should do as a nation too. But today’s dire projections reveal we are in danger of failing the next generation...

IFS expect major surge in child poverty this decade

07 May 2013
A new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts that relative child poverty will increase by 34% and absolute child poverty will increase by 55% in the decade from 2010-2020.

Landmark study: child poverty is growing as austerity bites

28 March 2013
Responding to the findings of the Poverty and Social Exclusion report, The Impoverishment of the UK, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:  “This is a landmark study; the largest and most authoritative study on poverty and deprivation conducted in the UK...

New government announcement on childcare

19 March 2013
The government has today announced a new scheme, to start in three years' time, to give tax relief to families for childcare costs. However, CPAG is concerned that it would do very little to help the families that need it most, or to reduce child poverty.

Childcare support plan must be better targeted and more timely

19 March 2013
Responding to the government’s announcement that they will cover up to 85 per cent of childcare costs for some low-income families eligible for universal credit (UC) from April 2016, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said: “We welcome this government recognition that the high costs of childcare in the UK act as a significant deterrent for all families..