child poverty strategy

  • A quick guide to...the new child poverty figures expected on Tuesday

    27 June 2014

    Next week sees the publication of probably the last set of official child poverty figures - for 2012-13 - before the 2015 general election.  Here’s our quick guide to what we should expect and what it all means.

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  • 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 Strategy 2014-17 published

    26 June 2014

    The national child poverty strategy for 2014-17 was published today, following a consultation process earlier in the year. 

    Responding, CPAG's Chief Executive welcomed the Government's commitment to ending child poverty by 2020 but added "today’s strategy isn’t good news for a generation of children that needs the government to invest in their childhoods and life chances. The strategy does not add up to being a plan to end child poverty."

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  • Child Poverty Strategy is not a plan to end child poverty

    June 26, 2014
    press release

    Immediate Release


    Commenting on today’s publication of the government’s child poverty strategy for 2014-17, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “We welcome the Government’s continued commitment to ending child poverty by 2020 but today’s strategy isn’t good news for a generation of children that needs the government to invest in their childhoods and life chances.

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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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  • Fair for who? Child maintenance and family tests.

    Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he wants to see all domestic government policies subjected to a ‘family test’ in future, apparently to ensure that families aren’t undermined or made worse off financially.  But does the ‘family test’ itself pass the test?

    Initially at least, it may be difficult to understand why anyone would be against such an approach. Indeed, we have been arguing that government should pay attention to a wide range of policy areas, such as employment, benefits, and family support services, to reduce child poverty and help improve the lot of poor families for many years.

    One concern, however, is that it’s unclear whether the proposed ‘family test’ applies to lone parent families, too.

  • 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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  • Ministers publish new child poverty strategy consultation

    27 February 2014

    After a long wait, the government's consultation on a new child poverty strategy for 2014-2017 has arrived amid internal government squabbles on what the targets should be.

    CPAG's initial reaction is that it amounts to little more than listing current polices and lacks the ambition needed to reverse current failures.

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  • More needed to deliver on promised action to end child poverty in Scotland, say campaigners

    February 2, 2011
    press release

    Responding to evidence presented by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee today, John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland said;

    “With UK Government welfare cuts hitting the poorest families hardest it is more important than ever that the Scottish Government does everything in its powers to mitigate the damage to families and ensure that the Scottish Budget and local spending decisions protect our poorest families.

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  • New Child Poverty Strategy Is Last Chance for Coalition to Show It's Serious About Ending Child Poverty

    The coalition government has repeatedly embraced its legal commitment to end child poverty by 2020. As part of this, it needs to publish a second national Child Poverty Strategy (CPS) by early April. The delays in getting out a draft - initially expected before Christmas, but now expected later this week - have given rise to feverish political speculation. But it's worth at this point taking a step back to think about the context in which the strategy is being launched - and why it matters.