child poverty

  • 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.

  • Family budgets hit by ‘Bad Friday’ bombshell

    April 4, 2012
    press release

    Commenting on the multi-billion pound cuts set to hit ordinary families on Good Friday, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This year’s holiday will feel more like ‘Bad Friday’ for millions of families as they come to terms with over £2 billion of cuts.

    “Some of the poorest working families will lose thousands of pounds from their annual income, leaving them in a desperate struggle to pay for basics like groceries, clothes and household bills.

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  • Family finances hit by £2.3 billion bombshell in April

    April 1, 2013
    press release

    Low income households will have their family finances hit by multiple cuts this month. The main cuts are:

    1. Bedroom Tax (housing benefit penalties for excess rooms in social sector) - £490m
    2. Council tax benefit localised and devolved budgets cut by 10% - £485m
    3. Local housing allowance annual uprate at CPI (instead of RPI) - £90m
    4. Benefit cap introduced - £290m
    5. Tax credit disregard for in-year increases reduced to £5,000 - £455m
    6. Working age benefits and tax credits: uprating capped at 1% - £505m

    Total losses - £2,315m

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  • Family living standards fall as minimum cost to raise a child up 4% in last year

    August 19, 2013
    press release

    As parents face back-to-school costs, new research published today by Child Poverty Action Group and co-funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that parents face a growing struggle to provide a decent standard of living for their families in 2013.

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  • First thoughts on the ‘National Living Wage’


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    A substantial increase in the National Minimum Wage for over-25s (or National Living Wage, as Osborne’s re-badging has it) can only be a good thing for low-paid workers. It should be celebrated. That much, at least, is clear.

  • Free school meals extension will help health and educational outcomes

    December 4, 2013
    press release

    Commenting on today’s announcement on Free School Meals by the Deputy Prime Minster, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “It’s great to see the government following through on the promise to provide free school meals to all primary school children up to 7 years old. The pilot schemes clearly proved it’s an excellent investment with improvements to children’s attainment and healthy eating.

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  • Government and energy companies must act on Hills fuel poverty report


    press release

    In response to the publication today of the Hills report on fuel poverty, the Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, Imran Hussain, said:

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  • Government child poverty strategy needs rethink as experts warn of looming crisis

    May 7, 2013
    press release

    Responding to the publication today of new projections for UK child poverty rates, prepared by the Institute for Fiscal Studies for the Northern Ireland Executive (OFMDFM), Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “We always put our children’s needs first in family life, and we should do as a nation too. But today’s dire projections reveal we are in danger of failing the next generation.

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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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  • Government must act urgently on devastating child poverty warning

    October 11, 2011
    press release

    In response to the publication of a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which projects child poverty to rise by 800,000 children as a result of the Government’s policies, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This devastating report leaves the Government’s child poverty and social mobility strategies in jeopardy. The Government has to stop pretending you can fight poverty or improve life chances by making the poor poorer.

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