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  • Child poverty in London - key facts


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    - London has the highest rate of child poverty of any English region.

    - There are 700,000 children – or 37 per cent of all children in London – living in relative poverty after you have taken housing costs into account.

    - While poverty rates are higher for everyone in London than nationally, this gap is larger for children than for any other group.

    - There are as many poor children in London as in all of Scotland and Wales.

  • Families on the brink: welfare reform in London

    London’s housing crisis is well publicised and well discussed. We're used to reading about extortionate rents being charged for box properties or a generation that is likely to be priced out of buying.

    But there is another side to this crisis which is getting discussed less. Our new report, Families on the Brink, shows a London becoming unaffordable for people on housing benefit, leaving families at risk of being forced out of their communities and London at risk of losing its social mix.

  • Hard Work: parental employment in London

    1 September 2015
    news

    Our new report looks at parental employment rates in London, and what can be done to make working a better option for parents in the capital. Read more.

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  • Help us monitor the real impacts of welfare reform in London

    28 May 2013
    news

    CPAG has launched a new online tool for advisers to tell us about the effects of benefit changes in London. We need your help to show the real impact of welfare reform on families.

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  • How can London mothers escape the poverty trap?


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    Why are mothers in London less likely to work than their counterparts across the country, and how can we ensure that having more parents in jobs brings the capital’s high child poverty rates down?

  • London families need jobs they can raise a family on

    October 20, 2011
    press release

    In response to the publication of the London Poverty Profile published today by the Trust for London, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said:

    “This valuable, in-depth report is the latest to spell out the extent and the depth of poverty facing London’s children.

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  • Looking for families affected by the benefit cap

    9 August 2016
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    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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  • New research shows councils in London fear housing crisis fuelled by welfare reform

    June 11, 2014
    press release

    Cuts to benefits have left families in London struggling and unsure how they will afford to stay living in their area, according to a new CPAG report released today.

    Based on interviews with councils, advice services and parents as well a review of existing evidence, the report highlights that these key groups share the same fear: a housing crisis uprooting families from their homes and communities, with children’s education facing huge disruption by these forced moves.

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  • Response to announcement of the 2016-17 London Living Wage rate

    October 31, 2016
    press release

    Responding today to the announcement of the 2016-17 London Living Wage rate, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

    “A London Living Wage rate for 2016-17 of £9.75 is a beacon of good news on a pretty grim horizon for the capital's families. 4 in 10 London children live in poverty, over half of these children live in a family where someone is in work so the London Living Wage provides an important mechanism to reduce in-work poverty in London.

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  • Tackle child poverty by letting mums work

    London is the child poverty capital of the UK, with more poor children living in London than in Wales and Scotland combined. These numbers are driven up by a jobs market that is not working for mothers.