Child Poverty Strategy is not a plan to end child poverty

June 26, 2014

Immediate Release

CHILD POVERTY STRATEGY IS NOT A PLAN TO END CHILD POVERTY

Commenting on today’s publication of the government’s child poverty strategy for 2014-17, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“We welcome the Government’s continued commitment to ending child poverty by 2020 but today’s strategy isn’t good news for a generation of children that needs the government to invest in their childhoods and life chances.

“The strategy does not add up to being a plan to end child poverty. It ignores independent projections which suggest the UK is heading for the steepest rise in child poverty for a generation. Crucially, it fails to set out clear actions, milestones and progress measures that would set child poverty on a downward trend.

 “Worryingly, half of those who responded to the government’s strategy consultation raised concerns about the impact of welfare reform on low income families. Rather than take these views on board, the government looks set to continue with policies that experts show are impoverishing families across the UK.

“Child poverty already costs Britain £29bn a year. The costs of child poverty will rise unless successive governments implement child poverty strategies that do more than promote jobs but also tackle low pay, promote affordable housing and childcare and help families with the added costs of children.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  • Actual and projected child poverty levels (the actual figures for 2012-13 will be published on 1 July 2014):

Child poverty (before housing costs)

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2020-21

Relative poverty (millions)

2.3

2.3

2.4

2.6

3.2

Absolute poverty (millions)

2.3

2.6

2.9

3.1

4.0

Relative poverty (percentage)

18

17

18.3

19.4

22.5

Absolute poverty (percentage)

18

20

22.0

23.7

27.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: 2010/11 and 2011/12 figures DWP Households below Average Income; all others Institute for Fiscal Studies, January 2014

  • 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 the host organisation for the Campaign to End Child Poverty coalition, which has members from across civil society including children’s charities, faith groups, unions and other civic sector organisation, united in their campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met.