Child Poverty Act

  • Child poverty statistics: End Child Poverty coalition statement

    June 25, 2015
    press release




    Responding to the publication of the child poverty statistics, Chair of the End Child Poverty coalition David Holmes, said:

    “The announcement that 2.3 million children are still living in relative poverty, and that half a million more are living in absolute poverty since 2010, underlines just how much further there is to go if we are to eliminate child poverty in the UK. It’s difficult to see how we’re going to make a difference to the childhoods and life chances of these millions of children without further concerted action at national level.”

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  • Child poverty watchdog condemns government's child poverty strategy

    9 June 2014

    The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission have today published a hard-hitting report that condemns the government's draft child poverty strategy as lacking credibility.

    For more information see our full press statement.

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  • Child poverty: political consensus or electoral battleground?

    Issue 135 (Winter 2010)

    There is now a political consensus now exists that high levels of child poverty in the UK are unacceptable. However, while all three parties support the Child Poverty Bill and its commitment to eradicate child poverty by 2020, differences of interpretation and approach are emerging about the causes of poverty and how best to reduce it.

  • Coalition child poverty strategy is failing

    October 17, 2013
    press release

    Responding to today’s first report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “The Commission’s verdict is clear: the Coalition’s current child poverty strategy is failing and child poverty is set to rise. The important thing now is to focus on the positive recommendations the Commission makes to turn this situation around.

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  • Communities and Local Government Department review of statutory duties placed on local government - CPAG's submission

    April 2011

    The Government's ‘informal’ six-week consultation reviewed the 1,294 statutory duties that central government currently places on local authorities. These range from some that sound relatively trivial, to others that are vital to the health and wellbeing of children. We are particularly concerned at the threat to duties set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010, to which all political parties signed up.

  • CPAG’s Child Poverty Act challenge

    Issue 229 (August 2012)

    CPAG challenged the government’s approach to the Child Poverty Act in the High Court, and achieved a declaration that it had acted unlawfully (R (CPAG) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for Education1). Sarah Clarke explains the history to the case.

    • 1. This article is based on our notes of the judgment that was given on 17 July 2012, which we have summarised. We do not have a transcript as yet, so have not been able to check this article for accuracy. Some of the content may be directly quoted from the judgment, but is not in quote marks, and we may have missed some caselaw references.
  • End Child Poverty in Scotland briefing - Child Poverty Bill 2009


    A briefing from the Campaign to End Child Poverty in Scotland on the Scottish Government's Legislative Consent Memorandum to the Child Poverty Bill 2009.

  • Ending child poverty


    In 1999, the then Prime Minister Tony Blair made a commitment to halve child poverty by 2010, and eliminate child poverty by 2020. After many years of being a neglected issue, child poverty was back on the political agenda.

  • Experts warn massive reductions in UK child poverty may be reversed by Coalition

    June 11, 2012
    press release

    The child poverty approach pursued between 1998 and 2010 was broad-based, made a significant and long-lasting difference to families with children and reduced child poverty on a scale and at a pace unmatched by other industrial nations during the period.

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  • Government must act on child poverty watchdog recommendations

    June 9, 2014
    press release

    Responding to the hard-hitting report today from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission on the government’s child poverty strategy, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “The Coalition established the Commission as an expert watchdog on child poverty, so when it says the government’s child poverty strategy lacks credibility Ministers must do something about it.

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