child poverty

  • 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
    news

    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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  • Hidden picture of Scots child poverty as figures forecast to 'significantly worsen'

    15 February 2013
    news

    New figures from the Campaign to End Child Poverty, believed to be the most up-to-date local data on child poverty, from mid-2012, show that there are unacceptably high levels of child poverty in every part of Scotland. At the same time, projections by both Government and the Institute for Fiscal Studies expect the number of children growing up in poverty to significantly worsen amidst UK benefit and welfare cuts.

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  • Hidden picture of Scots child poverty as figures forecast to 'significantly worsen'

    February 15, 2013
    press release
    New figures revealed today show that nearly all – 27 out of 32 – local authorities in Scotland have council wards where over 20% of their children live in poverty.

    At the same time, projections by both Government and the Institute for Fiscal Studies expect the number of children growing up in poverty to significantly worsen amidst UK benefit and welfare cuts.

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  • How should the child poverty strategy reduce poverty in migrant communities? A response to the 'Tackling Child Poverty and Improving Life Chances' consultation

    February 2011
    briefing

    This response supplements CPAG's main response to the consultation (see below) but it focuses on the needs of families in migrant communities. It sets out the actions we believe necessary for the strategy to reflect the particular needs of a group of children who are particularly vulnerable to poverty.

  • Is rising child poverty a price worth paying to protect our children?

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    Today’s awful figures tells us several things. Child poverty is high. It’s rising – it’s jumped to 4 million. Two thirds of poor children come from working families. But perhaps the main lesson to take away is that we need to call time on the unfathomable Whitehall orthodoxy, driven by George Osborne but still in place under Theresa May, that rising child poverty is a price worth paying to protect our children.

  • Landmark study: child poverty is growing as austerity bites

    March 28, 2013
    press release

    Responding to the findings of the Poverty and Social Exclusion report, The Impoverishment of the UK, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

     “This is a landmark study; the largest and most authoritative study on poverty and deprivation conducted in the UK. At nearly every turn it paints a grim picture of an enormous rise in child poverty and deprivation that is sending the living standards of huge numbers of children spiralling downwards.

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  • Latest child poverty statistics published

    13 June 2013
    news

    New figures show 66% of poor children live in working families.

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  • Latest child poverty stats “deplorable”, say Scottish campaigners

    May 7, 2009
    press release

    Commenting on the latest official child poverty figures published today, John Dickie, the Head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

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