• Abolishing hunger among children in the UK

    Issue 153 (Winter 2016)

    We will all have woken up this morning knowing there are children in this country who went to bed last night on an empty stomach. We also know that a large number of those children will have taken that hunger with them to school. This is the most crushing finding from a recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger, examining the extent, causes and changing dynamics of hunger among families in the UK. With the reliance on food banks on the increase, the Group’s Chair, Frank Field, and the report’s author, Andrew Forsey, summarise the evidence received and present some potential solutions.

  • CPAG's submission to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty in Britain

    December 2014

    In June this year Child Poverty Action Group submitted evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty in Britain chaired by Frank Field MP.

  • Interview: Adrian Curtis

    Issue 149 (Autumn 2014)

    Last year, a shocking 913,000 people were referred to a Trussell Trust food bank for emergency food. In the latest of our series of interviews, Adrian Curtis, the Network Director of the UK’s largest food bank provider, talks to CPAG’s Moussa Haddad.

  • Foodbanks: Briefing for Opposition Day debate, 18 December 2013

    December 2013

    This briefing raises CPAG’s concerns about rising demand for food aid from UK families. It also presents initial findings from CPAG’s foodbanks project.

    In particular, we emphasise that provision of high quality welfare rights advice must be more widely available and the DWP must urgently start utilising the ‘short-term benefit advances’ (STBA) system.

  • Coping with a lack of data and data sharing


    Many authorities mentioned a lack of information and data as potentially hampering their ability to tackle poverty in their area. Data was often described as difficult to gather, or having a considerable time-lag which, given the fast pace of the reform programme, made responding difficult.

  • Managing food poverty


    Among the local authorities we spoke to, there was a general perception that recent increases in financial stress would lead to food poverty in most local authority areas. Two key mechanisms to address this were discussed: food banks and the direct provision of meals.

  • Food poverty in London

    October 2012

    CPAG submitted evidence to the London Assembly’s inquiry into food poverty.

  • Fixing holes in social security support would reduce need for food banks, users’ experience shows

    November 19, 2014
    press release

    Gaps in the social security safety net are a key reason why people are turning to food banks, according to the first in-depth study into the personal experiences of recipients of emergency food aid in the UK.

    The findings of the jointly commissioned research published today by Oxfam, Child Poverty Action Group, Church of England and The Trussell Trust, also highlights some relatively simple fixes to the benefit system that could dramatically reduce the number of people who are left with little or no money to put food on the table.

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  • Food security - a Scotland beyond food banks?

    Mary Anne MacLeod is a contributing author to Poverty in Scotland 2016 - tools for transformation. Her chapter looks at food security.

  • 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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