families

  • Budget leaves poorest families abandoned on the frontline of austerity

    March 20, 2013
    press release

    Responding to today’s Budget Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said:

    “The Chancellor described it as a budget for families with children looking to work hard and aspiring to get on, but most low income families have very few reasons to be cheerful and plenty to be fearful. Child poverty is set to increase by 600,000 children during the Coalition’s time in office, and there is nothing much in the Budget that will change this course.

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  • Doing better for families

    Issue 141 (Spring 2012)
    article

    Dominic Richardson summarises the OECD’s recent report on families, revealing some of the issues faced and how we might do better.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Looking for families affected by the benefit cap

    9 August 2016
    news

    This autumn the benefit cap will be cut, squeezing low-income families even further and pushing more people into poverty. We are looking for test cases to legally challenge the benefit cap.

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  • 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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  • Promoting fairness? Lowering the benefit cap will push more families into poverty

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    This autumn the benefit cap will be cut, squeezing low-income families even further and pushing more people into poverty. The Welfare Reform & Work Act 2016 lowers the cap to £23,000 per annum for families (or £15,410 for single claimants) in London and £20,000 for families (or £13,400 for single claimants) outside of London. There are currently 3.9 million children living in poverty. Projections from the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests that child poverty could rise by 50 per cent by 2020. Tightening the cap and taking away more support from low-income households will have a devastating effect on families and children.