child poverty

  • Mind the gap: New Labour’s legacy on child poverty

    Issue 136 (Summer 2010)
    article

    "What have the Romans ever done for us?" asked the People’s Front of Judea in the Life of Brian’s fictional recording of ungrateful subjects ignoring their rulers’ largesse.

  • Ministers publish new child poverty strategy consultation

    27 February 2014
    news

    After a long wait, the government's consultation on a new child poverty strategy for 2014-2017 has arrived amid internal government squabbles on what the targets should be.

    CPAG's initial reaction is that it amounts to little more than listing current polices and lacks the ambition needed to reverse current failures.

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  • More needed to deliver on promised action to end child poverty in Scotland, say campaigners

    February 2, 2011
    press release

    Responding to evidence presented by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee today, John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland said;

    “With UK Government welfare cuts hitting the poorest families hardest it is more important than ever that the Scottish Government does everything in its powers to mitigate the damage to families and ensure that the Scottish Budget and local spending decisions protect our poorest families.

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  • New analysis highlights child poverty risks of Chancellor’s new spending cap

    March 18, 2014
    press release

    New analysis commissioned by Child Poverty Action Group from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Essex University highlights how the expected budget announcement on capping Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) could drive up UK child poverty rates.

    The ‘AME cap’ will set an annual ceiling on overall spending for working age support through tax credits and benefits for low paid workers, carers, disabled people and single parents.

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  • New child poverty map reveals need for local and national action

    8 November 2016
    news

    The End Child Poverty coalition has  published a new child poverty map covering Scotland and the rest of the UK. The new figures reveal that poverty affects children in every part of Scotland, with as many as 34% of children living in poverty in some local authority areas - compared to one in ten in others (see Table 1 below). Across the UK more than three and a half million children are living in poverty, with 220 000 of them in Scotland.

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  • 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”

    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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  • 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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  • 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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