child poverty

  • Rights (and wrongs) of sanctions

    At Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), we’ve had longstanding concerns about the use of sanctions, which are basically cuts to benefit payments of up to 100% for up to 3 years, and the obvious knock-on impacts on child poverty.  And as the letter in today's Times that we and others have signed shows, we’re not alone in having profound concerns with how sanctions are working.

    Until now, there’s been little authoritative evidence of how sanctions are being applied, rightly or wrongly, beyond data suggesting a huge increase in their application in recent years.

  • Scotland map of child poverty

    4 March 2013
    news

    Glasgow City Council have mapped the recent figures published by the Campaign to End Child Poverty on the number of children living in poverty across Scotland.

    The map shows the level of child poverty by ward in Scotland. If you click on an area you can see the estimated percentage and number of children in poverty by ward in 2012.

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  • Slight fall in Scottish child poverty welcome but urgent action now needed if 2020 targets to be met

    May 12, 2011
    press release

    The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland has welcomed a slight fall in child poverty in Scotland but called for urgent action at Holyrood and Westminster to ensure targets to eradicate child poverty are met.

    John Dickie, head of CPAG in Scotland said;

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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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  • Social mobility and child poverty review: Call for evidence from End Child Poverty partners

    October 2011
    briefing

    This briefing was produced for CPAG's partners in the End Child Poverty (ECP) campaign, to help them provide evidence to the Independent Reviewer of Social Mobility and Child Poverty. It provides key points that partners may wish to raise in order to ensure that critical aspects of the child poverty agenda are covered.

  • Standing up for CPAG

    On Tuesday 15 July, the Geek Show Off (ticket £5.00 plus £0.50 booking fee) a comedy night raising money for Child Poverty Action Group is being held at the Star of Kings pub in central London. 

    Recently, I was talked into doing something I’ve been dreading. On Tuesday 15th July, with several others, I have to stand on stage in front of a crowd of people in a dark room in Camden, and for 9 minutes, make them laugh.

  • Supreme Court to decide on ‘unlawful’ bedroom tax


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    Following last month’s victory in the Court of Appeal, the battle continues for Paul and Sue Rutherford and their severely disabled grandson, Warren. The Court held that the ‘bedroom tax’ (or under-occupancy penalty) is in breach of the Human Rights Act 1998, unlawfully discriminating against disabled children requiring overnight care and victims of domestic violence living in Sanctuary Scheme Homes (in the case of ‘A’). The Government was quick to appeal this decision. We have been representing the Rutherford family since 2013 and will be in the Supreme Court defending the Court of Appeal’s decision from 29 February. SSWP v Rutherfords has been joined with other bedroom tax cases, MA & Others and A.

  • Tax credits calamity hammers 200,000 families and harms the economy

    May 8, 2012
    press release

    New figures today, published by HMRC, show that over 200,000 families will be losing their entire working tax credit support, worth £3,870, from 6 April 2012. The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This is an absolute calamity that plunges nearly half a million children deep below the poverty line. Many of these parents will now have less money in work than if they just claimed benefits. It runs directly against the consensus on the importance of making work pay and the government’s duties on child poverty.

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  • The child poverty strategy: what worked?

    Issue 136 (Summer 2010)
    article

    Over the past decade, the UK has embarked on an ambitious effort to end child poverty. Jane Waldfogel has tracked the progress of the initiative and reports on it in her new book, Britain’s War on Poverty . Here, she provides some highlights of her study and suggests some next steps.

  • The Costs of Going to School

    April 22, 2014
    press release

    Child Poverty Action Group, the National Union of Teachers, the British Youth Council and Kids Company have jointly released a report on the Costs of Going to School produced by a group of 400 school-aged young people.

    For the full press release, visit the NUT website.

    The report can be downloaded from the top right of this page.

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