Condition of Britain: policies must address surging child poverty

June 19, 2014

Commenting on today’s publication of ‘The Condition of Britain’ by the IPPR, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“The Condition of Britain is a chance to move on from attacking the victims of Britain’s condition to addressing its causes – such as the lack of decently paid jobs, expensive housing and unaffordable childcare that has left benefits and tax credits doing too much of the heavy lifting.

“We welcome Ed Miliband's call for the Government to do more to understand and tackle the reasons why families are turning to food banks. Food banks symbolise the insecurity facing so many. We need a new approach that prioritises secure futures for families and that will bring down child poverty.

"Now is the time for some real vision and ambition in tackling the root causes of child poverty and this is the only way we will head-off the looming child poverty crisis.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  • 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.

For further information please contact:

Tim Nichols

CPAG Press Officer

Tel. 020 7812 5216 or 07816 909302 

tnichols@cpag.org.uk