Child Poverty Action Group’s first Director, Tony Lynes, has passed away

20 October 2014

It is with great sadness we report that Tony Lynes, Child Poverty Action Group’s very first Director has passed away. Tony was an expert and passionate poverty campaigner informing public policy debates for many years. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

CPAG Chief Executive Alison Garnham, paid tribute to Tony’s impact:

"Tony Lynes was the Child Poverty Action Group's first Secretary from 1966, who set the mould for campaigners of my generation to follow. A former civil servant and colleague of Richard Titmuss, he was an expert on the Poor Law origins of national assistance. Early CPAG campaigns concerned the level of social assistance, opposing the wage stop (an early benefit cap), against means-testing and in favour of the integration of family allowances and child tax allowances. He can also be credited with bringing the idea of a welfare rights movement to the UK, after a visit to the US. He famously attended parliamentary debates, the same day composing press releases at the office which he then delivered, in person, to Fleet Street - all by bike - for this indefatigable commitment and expertise and for many other reasons we owe him dearly."

Further tributes can be read from Jonathan Bradshaw and Jennie Sibley.