child benefit

  • CPAG responds to mooted child benefit cut

    March 5, 2015
    press release


     5th March 2015


    Responding to reports that a three-child limit on child benefit is being considered, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

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  • CPAG response to PM's party conference speech

    October 5, 2011
    press release

    In response to David Cameron’s party conference speech, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “There was a child poverty-sized hole in this speech. The Prime Minister said his party would lift the poorest up but his speech completely ignores the fact that as a result of his government’s policies child poverty will rise significantly and is totally silent on what the government plans to do to meet the 2020 child poverty target by helping struggling low-income families.

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  • CPAG statement on child benefit

    June 5, 2013
    press release

    Commenting on reports that the Labour Party has no plans to restore child benefit in full to all parents, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

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  • First thoughts on the ‘National Living Wage’


    A substantial increase in the National Minimum Wage for over-25s (or National Living Wage, as Osborne’s re-badging has it) can only be a good thing for low-paid workers. It should be celebrated. That much, at least, is clear.

  • Give Me Five - child benefit top up campaign

    30 August 2017

    We are members of the Give Me Five Campaign - calling on MSPs to ensure the 2018/19 budget and Scottish Government spending plans include a top-up of child benefit by £5 per week.

    Sign our petition

    Email your MSP

    Find out more about the campaign here and how to get involved.

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  • Open letter calls on Prime Minster to reconsider child benefit cuts

    press release

    A group of organisations representing women, mothers and working families has written an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to reconsider the three year freeze of child benefit and the clawback of the benefit for families with a higher rate taxpayer. The organisations are also backing CPAG's Save Child Benefit campaign.

    Reg Bailey, Chief Executive from the Mothers Union, said:

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  • Overhyped Budget does little for families

    April 27, 2012
    press release

    Key points from Budget 2012:

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  • Prime Minister must scrap child tax plan

    February 11, 2001
    press release

    Responding to comments by the Prime Minister at a car plant yesterday that he would reconsider proposals for higher rate taxpayers receiving child benefit, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “The Prime Minister is right to look again at this proposal, which was rushed out by the Chancellor with the maths all wrong and no idea of how it would work in practice. The cliff edge, especially for single earner middle income families, is just one of many problems with an unfair and unworkable proposal.

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  • Refugees and benefits

    Issue 215 (April 2010)

    Mark Willis examines the rights of refugees to claim benefits and the problems that can arise.

  • Report shows families want child benefit protected

    April 27, 2012
    press release

    Child Poverty Action Group has today released a report called ‘Save Child Benefit’ linked to its Save Child benefit campaign, which gives the results of a survey showing what parents spend their child benefit on and how much they value it.

    The top three main areas that parents of all social classes spend child benefit on are:

    1. Clothes and shoes (51%)

    2. Food (26%)

    3. Education related (16%)

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