Budget

  • Budget leaves poorest families abandoned on the frontline of austerity

    20 March 2013
    news

    The Chancellor described it as a budget for families looking to work hard and aspiring to get on, but CPAG believes most low income families have very few reasons to be cheerful and plenty to be fearful.

    The increase to the personal tax allowance mainly helps higher earners - the lowest paid see it tapered back again at 85p in the pound through Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.

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  • Complacent Budget puts child poverty promise at risk

    March 23, 2011
    press release

    Commenting on today’s Budget statement by the Chancellor, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This poverty-complacent Budget puts at risk the Government’s ability to meet its legally binding targets and its pre-election promises to end child poverty by 2020.

    “Despite the Chancellor’s repeated recognition of the pressures facing families, the Budget contains nothing specifically targeted to help families with children.

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  • CPAG in Scotland Response to UK Budget 2015: ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’

    March 18, 2015
    press release

    Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget speech the Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, today said;

    “The chancellor made claim to a truly national recovery but this is a ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’ Budget which continues to leave children in Scotland and across the UK behind.

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  • Family budgets hit by ‘Bad Friday’ bombshell

    April 4, 2012
    press release

    Commenting on the multi-billion pound cuts set to hit ordinary families on Good Friday, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This year’s holiday will feel more like ‘Bad Friday’ for millions of families as they come to terms with over £2 billion of cuts.

    “Some of the poorest working families will lose thousands of pounds from their annual income, leaving them in a desperate struggle to pay for basics like groceries, clothes and household bills.

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  • Making the poor pay: the Budget and benefits

    Issue 217 (August 2010)
    article

    Simon Osborne examines the changes to benefits and tax credits announced in the June 2010 Budget.

  • Overhyped Budget does little for families

    April 27, 2012
    press release

    Key points from Budget 2012:

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  • Response to UK Budget 2015: ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’

    23 March 2015
    news

    Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget speech the Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, today said;

    “The chancellor made claim to a truly national recovery but this is a ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’ Budget which continues to leave children in Scotland and across the UK behind. Read more.

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  • The effect of fiscal tightening on family incomes and child poverty

    Issue 137 (Autumn 2010)
    article

    A new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that the Coalition Government’s Emergency Budget hit families with children hardest. Here, Mike Brewer, James Browne and Peter Levell summarise the analysis of who will bear the brunt of the Government’s deficit-busting plans.

  • “Bolder redistribution needed to help poorest families” says CPAG in Scotland in response to PBR

    December 9, 2009
    press release

    Commenting on today’s Pre-Budget Report the Head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, said;

    "We are pleased the Chancellor is introducing tax measures guided by fairness as a part of fiscal responsibility but much bolder redistribution is needed through the tax system. It is right to ask those with the broadest shoulders to bear most of the burden but the poorest families must get more support."

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  • “Budget sets next generation up to be the poorest for decades” say child poverty campaigners

    March 16, 2016
    press release

    Responding to today’s Budget, the Director of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, said:

    “This Budget puts the next generation last and sets it up to be the poorest generation for decades. The Chancellor ignored both the one in five children in Scotland and the 3.7m children across the UK who are in poverty now and the fact that according to IFS projections we face the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation. (see note below)

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