poverty

  • Minimum wage rise below inflation tightens squeeze on families

    March 20, 2012
    press release

    Commenting on the decision by Ministers to adopt the proposals of the Low Pay Commission for a rise in the National Minimum wage below inflation, and a freeze for younger workers, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This is another turn of the screw on families working hard in the lowest paid jobs.

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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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  • 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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  • Poverty and the child's world: assessing children's needs

    Issue 129 (Winter 2008)
    article

    Poverty in a child’s life is the result of specific social and economic circumstances, which are always interrelated and complex. However, frontline workers are often unaware of the causes and consequences of poverty. Owen Gill and Gordon Jack argue the case for exploring children’s living environments to articulate more holistic approaches to the fight against poverty.

  • Poverty in Scotland 2014 launch event

    13 March 2014
    news

    Today (Thursday 13 March) we are launching our new publication, Poverty in Scotland 2014, with the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Shadow Social Justice Secretary Jackie Baillie. 

    Poverty in Scotland 2014 is a landmark ‘state of the nation’ publication which brings together the latest facts on the shocking extent of poverty in Scotland and the implications for the country’s constitutional future.

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  • Poverty in Scotland 2014 launch event

    March 13, 2014
    press release

    Poverty to be placed at heart of referendum debate

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  • Poverty in Scotland updated summary briefing August 2013

    21 August 2013
    news

    We have updated our summary briefing on poverty in Scotland giving the latest key facts on the extent, trends, causes and impact of poverty which you can view here.

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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.

  • Report shows families want child benefit protected

    April 27, 2012
    press release

    Child Poverty Action Group has today released a report called ‘Save Child Benefit’ linked to its Save Child benefit campaign, which gives the results of a survey showing what parents spend their child benefit on and how much they value it.

    The top three main areas that parents of all social classes spend child benefit on are:

    1. Clothes and shoes (51%)

    2. Food (26%)

    3. Education related (16%)

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  • Response to UK Budget 2015: ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’

    23 March 2015
    news

    Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget speech the Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, today said;

    “The chancellor made claim to a truly national recovery but this is a ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’ Budget which continues to leave children in Scotland and across the UK behind. Read more.

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