CPAG response to PM's Conservative Party conference speech: ‘Rising child poverty the real cap on aspiration for children’

October 10, 2012

Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech at the Conservative Party conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“Rising child poverty will be the real cap on aspiration for an increasing number of children in the coming years.

“Work certainly ought to be a sure way out of poverty, but the terrible truth is it's not and Britain has 2 million children in working families living below the poverty line. A pat on the back today for striving families hardly compensates for the steep cuts to their tax credits, which have pushed them into deeper hardship. These parents are the true wealth creators, working hard and trying to do the best by their children, but where's the compassion when they're left out of pocket by raids on tax credits, child benefit and childcare support.

"We need government policies rooted in the reality that very little child poverty is caused by having a parent who is a gambler, addict or workshy, and much more is caused by having a parent who is a cleaner, a retail worker, a care worker or any one of the millions of workers not paid a living wage. But plans for a new Universal Credit will carry forward the tax credit and childcare cuts, which are leaving striving families worse off and destroying work incentives."

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

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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, which has over 150 member organisations and is campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goal of ending child poverty by 2020 is met.