CPAG responds to ESA report

October 30, 2014

Commenting on a BBC report today suggesting Government is considering cutting Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Alison Garnham Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said:

 “The proportion of people in absolute poverty in families living with disability has gone up each year since 2009 and now stands at a shocking 22%1. Any cut in support would make it very much harder for families already reeling from austerity blows and would surely fail any credible family test.”

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:

Jane Ahrends

CPAG Press and Campaigns Officer

Tel. 020 7812 5216 or 07816 909302

jahrends@cpag.org.uk

www.cpag.org.uk

  • 1. Households Below Average Income: An analysis of the income distribution 1994/95 – 2012/13, Jane Carr, Rachel Councell, Mary Higgs, Nancy Singh