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Work and pay

Can welfare reform work?

Issue 139 (Summer 2011)
Since the late 1990s, successive governments have engaged in the process of welfare reform. A cross-party consensus has emerged, which prioritises moving benefit recipients into work and increasing the role of private and voluntary providers in delivering employment services.

Child poverty reduced to lowest level in 25 years

12 May 2011
Commenting on the new child poverty figures for 2009/10 announced today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “It is great news that child poverty fell during what was a terribly hard year for families and the economy...

Unlawful child poverty ‘strategy’ includes cuts that make poor families poorer

05 April 2011
Responding to the publication today of the Government’s child poverty ‘strategy’ and social mobility strategy, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “A child poverty ‘strategy’ which does not set out how poverty numbers will fall, and by when, is not a strategy and is incredibly disappointing and surprising given the Prime Minister’s stated commitment on tackling poverty...

Employment and migrant poverty

Issue 138 (Spring 2011)
The issue of migrant poverty and employment is complex and migrants’ experiences in the UK differ enormously.

The impact of poverty on the educational experiences of migrant children

Issue 138 (Spring 2011)
Although migrants are a diverse group in terms of their employment and earnings, their children are disproportionally represented among those living in poverty in the UK. Poverty impacts on migrant children’s educational outcomes, but also on their social experiences at school.

Treasury must not wreck universal credit and poverty progress

17 February 2011
Commenting ahead of today’s publication of the Welfare Reform Bill, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The jury is still out on the universal credit. Ministers are right to aim for much better back to work support and a benefits system that makes it pay to work...

Universal credit flaws and IT glitch must not damage children and families

12 January 2011
Commenting on the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the government’s proposals for welfare reform and a Universal Credit system, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The IFS report looks at Universal Credit, but the Government’s overall record on welfare so far is even more worrying...

Work: the best route out of poverty?

Issue 137 (Autumn 2010)
Ever since New Labour first set the welfare reform bandwagon in motion in 2006, the mantra of work has been used by all sides of the political spectrum as ‘proof’ that the benefits system is in need of large-scale reform.

A false economy: undervaluing childcare

Issue 135 (Winter 2010)
The provision of high-quality, affordable and accessible childcare lies at the heart of the Government’s child poverty strategy. And yet childcare as a profession is undervalued.

Supporting families

Issue 135 (Winter 2010)
Supporting the family is key to both the Government’s and the Conservatives’ approach to eradicating child poverty, and is one of the major issues on which the election is likely to be fought.