child poverty commission

  • Interview: Alan Milburn

    Issue 147 (Winter 2014)

    The Child Poverty Act 2010 requires the government to produce a strategy every three years, setting out the action it plans to take to end child poverty in the UK. Alongside this, the Act established an independent Child Poverty and Social Mobility Commission, tasked with the watchdog role of assessing government progress against the commitments set out in the plan. In the year in which the government must publish its vision for reducing child poverty over the next three years, Alan Milburn, Chair of the Commission, talks to CPAG’s Lindsay Judge and Moussa Haddad about his views on child poverty and social mobility, about child poverty measurement, and his hopes and fears for the next strategy.

  • Co-ordinated working and potential partners


    Authorities need to coordinate responses, to prevent duplication and to ensure partners can both manage issues and maximise the potential solutions welfare reforms may present. The sort of coordinated responses that were talked about often requires establishing some sort of multi-agency welfare reform or poverty group.

  • Poverty minus a pound: how the poverty consensus unravelled

    Issue 145 (Summer 2013)

    In 2010, a political consensus seemed to have emerged – that poverty was relative, too high, and needed to be tackled with preventative measures as well as by raising people’s incomes. All three of the main political parties had now backed the pledge made by Tony Blair in 1999 to eradicate child poverty within 20 years and the Child Poverty Act was passed with all-party support. Three years on, and this consensus has unravelled. Stewart Lansley looks at what happened.

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  • Measuring child poverty: can we do better?

    Issue 144 (Spring 2013)

    In June 2012 when the government published the Households Below Average Income dataset for 2010/11, it announced at the same time that it would revisit the question of how we measure child poverty in the UK. In November 2012, a public consultation on the topic was launched when the Department for Work and Pensions issued the document Measuring Child Poverty: a consultation on better measures of child poverty. Jonathan Bradshaw looks at the key aspects of the various dimensions that the government has selected for inclusion, assesses their appropriateness for inclusion in any metric of child poverty and presents the shortcomings of the proposed new measure.

  • R(CPAG) v 1. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2. Secretary of State for Education – Child Poverty Act challenge

    Last updated: July 31, 2012
    test case

    Proceedings for judicial review were issued challenging the government’s failure to comply with the terms of the Child Poverty Act.

  • Campaigners welcome strengthened Child Poverty Commission

    December 21, 2010
    press release

    Commenting on the publication today of the Government’s consultation on its child poverty strategy, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “We welcome this consultation. All the main parties in the United Kingdom, as well as all the national governments, are now committed to ending child poverty and asking voters to judge them on their results.

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

    17 October 2013

    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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