Alison Garnham

  • CPAG’s response to the publication of the independent review of jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanctions


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    Responding to the publication of the independent review of jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanctions published today, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “We welcome this critical report from the independent reviewer which illustrates how shambolic the current sanctions regime has become. When families are neither fully informed of conditions imposed on them when they make a claim for benefit, nor told that their income has been stopped as a result of their ‘failure’ to comply, they enter a truly Kafkaesque world where nothing makes sense."

  • Parliamentary briefing on 'welfare cap' and Charter for Budgetary Responsiblity

    March 2014
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    At the Budget in March 2014, the government announced it would be amending the Charter for Budgetary Responsibility to implement a new 'welfare cap' policy.

  • Managing digital exclusion


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    With the roll out of universal credit being focused on people managing their own applications and accounts online, a number of local authorities were concerned about computer and internet access. Applying for universal credit, and in some cases the social fund, will require a relatively long, undisturbed session on the internet, and many authorities are looking at how to best provide this.

    In Birmingham, one service provider was attempting to map all the digital feeds across Birmingham, to ensure there was an adequate map of free Wi-Fi and computer services.

  • The politics of the child poverty measurement consultation

    February 2013
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    Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of CPAG, has written this week in Children and Young People Now about the politics of the government's child poverty measurement consultation.

    She argues that through its consultation, the government is trying to legitimate a new indicator of child poverty that would not be sensitive to changes in income. As a result, the new measure would obscure the impact of cuts to benefits on the fortunes of low income families.

  • CPAG's response to the child poverty measurement consultation

    February 2013
    briefing

    CPAG has today issued its response to the government consultation on child poverty measurement. In it we make it clear that we object to the government’s new proposed measure on three grounds.

  • 9 reasons to protect child benefit

    "I'm not going to flannel you, I'm going to give it to you straight. I like the child benefit, I wouldn't change child benefit, I wouldn't means-test it, I don't think that is a good idea."

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    David Cameron in March 2010. But the Prime Minister is being urged to drop this read-my-lips pledge when his party draws up its manifesto in the coming months. 

    According to reports today the think tank Policy Exchange is calling for child benefit to be tapered away as families have more children. Others are urging him on to go even further. 

  • Alison Garnham


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    Alison Garnham

    Alison Garnham became Chief Executive of CPAG in September 2010. Prior to that she was the CEO of Daycare Trust - since June 2006. Prior to this, for nine years, she was the Director of Policy, Research and Information at One Parent Families (now Gingerbread).

  • Autumn Statement creates new rationing system for children, working families and disabled people

    December 5, 2013
    press release

    Responding to today’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Today’s Autumn Statement creates a new income rationing system for children, working families and disabled people through a national cap on their basic support.

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  • Child maintenance fees put children’s wellbeing at risk

    May 21, 2014
    press release

    Responding to the commencement today of a controversial fees system under the new Child Maintenance Service, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Single parents are at higher risk of living below the poverty line, and making sure they get fair child maintenance payments from non-resident parents is crucial to reducing the poverty rate of single parent families.

    “The big problem with fees is they may put off parents from seeking help from the Child Maintenance Service, leaving them settling for arrangements where their former partner doesn’t put a fair share towards the cost of raising their child.

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  • Child Poverty Strategy 2014-17 published

    26 June 2014
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    The national child poverty strategy for 2014-17 was published today, following a consultation process earlier in the year. 

    Responding, CPAG's Chief Executive welcomed the Government's commitment to ending child poverty by 2020 but added "today’s strategy isn’t good news for a generation of children that needs the government to invest in their childhoods and life chances. The strategy does not add up to being a plan to end child poverty."

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