Campaigners welcome strengthened Child Poverty Commission

December 21, 2010

Commenting on the publication today of the Government’s consultation on its child poverty strategy, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

“We welcome this consultation. All the main parties in the United Kingdom, as well as all the national governments, are now committed to ending child poverty and asking voters to judge them on their results.

“We also welcome the Government’s proposal to strengthen the remit of the Child Poverty Commission. As their proposal is consistent with the requirements of the child poverty legislation, we encourage Ministers to press ahead immediately with the Commission so politicians in Westminster, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales receive expert advice preparing their strategies.

“There is a concerning narrowing of the agenda in the Government’s child poverty consultation. Ending child poverty requires a comprehensive strategy addressing all the issues that hamper children’s lives and leave them facing material deprivation and social exclusion. Our national ambition must be about more than the social mobility game of snakes and ladders for individuals.

“We agree with the Government that the importance of family income levels is ‘indisputable’. Ending poverty means ending the culture of inequality and leaving no one behind.”

Notes for editors
  • The consultation can be viewed here.
  • The Government has proposed strengthening the commission so it is “positioned to take forward a broader remit” (para. 5.3)
  • Up-to-date background facts and stats on UK poverty.
  • CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.
  • CPAG is one of over 150 member organisations of the Campaign to End Child Poverty, campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goals of halving child poverty by 2010 and ending child poverty by 2020 are met.
For further information please contact:

Tim Nichols
CPAG Press Officer
Tel. 020 7812 5216 or 07816 909302 
tnichols@cpag.org.uk