Child Poverty Act

  • Government must focus on reducing not redefining poverty

    November 14, 2012
    press release

    Commenting ahead of the launch of a new government consultation on better ways of measuring child poverty, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    "It's perfectly sensible to look at the progress the government is or is not making across a broad range of indicators affecting children and families, but there’s no getting away from the plain fact that if child poverty is rising as a result of government policies then it's a rethink of government decisions not definitions that's needed.

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  • High Court rules Government acted unlawfully in production of its child poverty strategy

    July 17, 2012
    press release

    The Government acted unlawfully in its failure to establish a Child Poverty Commission to advise on its child poverty strategy, the High Court has ruled today in a successful judicial review brought by Child Poverty Action Group.

    The Judge also said that the Government’s refusal to say what difference its child poverty strategy will have on child poverty levels was not something the courts can adjudicate on.

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  • Judicial review win on child poverty strategy

    17 July 2012
    news

    The government acted unlawfully in its failure to establish a Child Poverty Commission to advise on its child poverty strategy, the High Court has ruled today in a successful judicial review brought by CPAG.

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  • Redefining Child Poverty Doesn't Tackle the Issue - The Government Must Show That All Kids Count


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    After some time on the back-foot, if not in headlong retreat, common sense won out last night in the latest stage of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill's passage through parliament.

  • Scottish and UK government co-operation to end child poverty no longer optional say campaigners

    June 12, 2009
    press release

    Child poverty campaigners today welcomed a new Child Poverty Bill requiring Scottish and UK Government Ministers to work together to end child poverty by 2020.

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  • Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission publishes first annual progress report

    17 October 2013
    news

    The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has released its first annual report on the government's progress reducing child poverty and increasing social mobility. The report says the Coalition's child poverty strategy is failing.

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  • Tackling child poverty in partnership

    Issue 141 (Spring 2012)
    article

    The Child Poverty Act 2010 places an obligation on governments to end child poverty in the UK by 2020. It also places new duties on devolved administrations and local government to tackle child poverty. Dr Julie Nelson examines the extent to which local authorities are meeting the challenge.

  • The Child Poverty Bill: a guide

    Issue 134 (Autumn 2009)
    article

    The Child Poverty Bill was first announced by Gordon Brown in September 2008, and introduced to Parliament in July 2009. Not only does the Bill have the support from all three major political parties, but CPAG and other organisations concerned about child poverty have welcomed it. Paul Dornan outlines what it contains.

  • The Spending Review 2010: Ending child poverty and securing a stable economy

    September 2010
    briefing

    This is CPAG’s submission to the Treasury in the run-up to the Spending Review 2010. In it we review the progress on child poverty since 1998 and outline a legislative framework which requires the Government to meet the targets in the Child Poverty Act and the Equality Act.

  • Two thirds of children in poverty living in working families

    June 13, 2013
    press release

    New figures today show that children below the poverty line are now twice as likely to come from homes with work, than homes without work.

    Responding to today’s official figures on UK child poverty for 2011/12, published today by DWP, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Despite all the talk about ‘scroungers’ and generations of families never working, today’s poverty figures expose comprehensively the myth that the main cause of poverty is people choosing not to work. The truth is that for a growing number of families work isn’t working. The promise that work would be a route out of poverty has not been kept as wages stagnate and spending cuts have hurt low income working families.

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