child poverty

  • 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


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    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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  • Government must focus on reducing not redefining poverty

    November 14, 2012
    press release

    Commenting ahead of the launch of a new government consultation on better ways of measuring child poverty, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    "It's perfectly sensible to look at the progress the government is or is not making across a broad range of indicators affecting children and families, but there’s no getting away from the plain fact that if child poverty is rising as a result of government policies then it's a rethink of government decisions not definitions that's needed.

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  • Government must not airbrush poverty pay out of the picture

    January 31, 2013
    press release

    A speech today on the causes of child poverty by Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, made no mention of his department’s evidence that in-work problems like low wages and low hours are a factor in the majority of child poverty cases. Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Now is not a time to airbrush the main causes of child poverty out of the picture and move the goal posts. With 5 million people paid less than the living wage, it is no surprise that official figures show children are much more likely to be in poverty because they have a parent who is a security guard, care worker or cleaner than a drug addict.

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  • Guest blog: Poverty and child health

    11 August 2015
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    Our guest blog from Laura Martin looks at some of the ways NHS services can work together with welfare rights agencies to reduce the impact of poverty.

    Making links with local NHS services can make a difference to families and help make sure they are not missing out on a range of free support aimed at taking a holistic approach to tackling poverty and its effects, especially on children’s diet, health and development.

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