child poverty

  • New government announcement on childcare

    19 March 2013
    news

    The government has today announced a new scheme, to start in three years' time, to give tax relief to families for childcare costs.

    However, CPAG is concerned that it would do very little to help the families that need it most, or to reduce child poverty.

    See press release for our full response.

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  • New poverty stats stark reminder of need for action, say child poverty campaigners

    August 19, 2010
    press release

    Child poverty campaigners responded today to new Scottish Government statistics highlighting the devastating extent to which poverty impacts on communities in every part of Scotland.

    The head of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, John Dickie, said;

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  • New Scottish child poverty strategy: “Welcome ambitions must lead to increased action”

    March 10, 2014
    press release

    Responding to the launch of the new Scottish child poverty strategy by the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland said;

    “The focus of the strategy on maximising family resources and improving children’s wellbeing is welcome as is the increased attention paid to tackling the damaging ‘attainment gap’ that means children growing up in poverty too often get less out of our education system than their better off peers.

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  • New Scottish child poverty strategy: “Welcome ambitions must lead to increased action”

    10 March 2014
    news

    Read our response to the launch of the new Scottish child poverty strategy by the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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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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  • Promoting fairness? Lowering the benefit cap will push more families into poverty

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    This autumn the benefit cap will be cut, squeezing low-income families even further and pushing more people into poverty. The Welfare Reform & Work Act 2016 lowers the cap to £23,000 per annum for families (or £15,410 for single claimants) in London and £20,000 for families (or £13,400 for single claimants) outside of London. There are currently 3.9 million children living in poverty. Projections from the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests that child poverty could rise by 50 per cent by 2020. Tightening the cap and taking away more support from low-income households will have a devastating effect on families and children.

  • QUEEN’S SPEECH: CHILD POVERTY ACTION GROUP RESPONSE

    June 21, 2017
    press release
    • Welcome shelving of plans to cut universal free school meals
    • No plans for tackling rising child poverty, despite promise to tackle ‘burning injustice’ of poverty
    • Urgent need for a coherent social justice agenda

    Alison Garnham, Chief Executive:

    “We welcome the commitments to strengthen rights at work and the minimum wage for over 25-year-olds, but this is a Queen's Speech conspicuous for what it doesn’t mention and suggests the Government is missing a serious and coherent social justice agenda.

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  • Real terms benefit cut will come down hard on working families and push up child poverty

    September 29, 2014
    press release

    Commenting today on Chancellor George Osborne's announcement of a proposed two-year freeze on working-age benefits, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This is bad news for working parents struggling on low wages, already coping with rising living costs and previous benefit cuts. A couple both working full time on the minimum wage are nearly a fifth short of the money they need for basics; another freeze will make it a whole lot harder for them.1 For many of these families a higher income tax threshold will be of little help since what they gain in wages is largely clawed back from their benefits*. Two thirds of poor children have at least one parent working.

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  • Recession never went away for many families

    May 8, 2012
    press release

    Commenting on today’s announcement by ONS of the first quarter economic data, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “The economy may now be back in a technical recession but the truth is that for many families with children the recession had never gone away as they have endured a miserable few years coping with rising living costs, job losses, wage freezes and cuts in social protection.

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