• Childcare and maternal employment in London

    September 2013

    The number of mums who work in London is significantly below the national average and is a strong explanatory factor for the high rates of child poverty in the capital. In this new report, CPAG considers the role of childcare in explaining this situtation and what local authorities can do to improve provision for parents.

  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.

  • New investment in childcare

    Issue 145 (Summer 2013)

    In response to the growing burden of childcare costs, the Chancellor announced in this year’s Budget close to an extra £1 billion investment in childcare. At a time of cuts to most government budgets, this is to be celebrated and offers a clear indication of the political priority that childcare now enjoys. But a question remains as to who will benefit most from this new investment. Will it help those for whom childcare represents a major barrier to employment or will it predominantly benefit the better off? Vidhya Alakeson provides some answers.

    More from Poverty issue 145 (Summer 2013)

  • Childcare costs and changes for tax credits

    Issue 198 (June 2007)

    Alison Gillies looks at how to work out childcare charges for working tax credit and how to identify when there has been a relevant change.

  • A false economy: undervaluing childcare

    Issue 135 (Winter 2010)

    The provision of high-quality, affordable and accessible childcare lies at the heart of the Government’s child poverty strategy. And yet childcare as a profession is undervalued. This illustrates a system-wide problem, in which the most valuable occupations to society are among the lowest paid, while those which may be damaging to society, the environment and the economy, may be among the highest paid. Helen Kersley outlines research findings from two reports which take a radically different look at child poverty.

  • Benefit cap will tip more children into poverty

    September 28, 2014
    press release

    Responding today to reports that the Government is planning to impose a more severe benefit cap of £23,000 pa per household, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This is likely to increase the headcount of children in poverty in working and non-working families, a move that would surely fail any credible family test. It would also bypass the root causes of higher social security spending which include soaring childcare and housing costs and low pay. Politicians from all parties need to tackle these root problems as a priority rather than ripping away money from families who are struggling every day to pay for absolute basics. "

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  • Childcare and education


    Over the last decade there has been a significant shift of emphasis in social policy to early years interventions targeted to help children from poorer backgrounds. In many respects this focus is welcome: it acknowledges, for example, that disadvantage starts from birth and needs to be corrected for from the outset of children’s lives.

  • Childcare costs push 130,000 children into poverty

    June 19, 2015
    press release
    • Risk of poverty increases by a third when working parents pay for childcare
    • Pledged support under universal credit won't kick in for at least four years
    • Leading charities urge government to bring forward support under tax credits.
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  • Childcare in Universal Credit: Joint press release from CPAG and other organisations

    October 17, 2013
    press release

    Government risks throwing away chance to tackle in-work poverty for the poorest parents, charities warn today

    Joint press release from: Barnardo’s, the Children’s Society, the Trades Union Congress, Child Poverty Action Group, Gingerbread, Working Families, The Resolution Foundation, The Women’s Budget Group

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  • Childcare support plan must be better targeted and more timely

    March 19, 2013
    press release

    Responding to the government’s announcement that they will cover up to 85 per cent of childcare costs for some low-income families eligible for universal credit (UC) from April 2016, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said:

    “We welcome this government recognition that the high costs of childcare in the UK act as a significant deterrent for all families who want to get back to work or work longer hours. But this scheme would do very little to help the families that need it most, or to reduce child poverty.

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