Increase in working poor a massive blow to Government’s work first poverty strategy

January 3, 2008

Commenting on the IPPR report Working out of poverty: a study of the low paid and the working poor, released today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Kate Green, said:

“The report shows that the main plank of the Government’s strategy to end child poverty is failing. Work is all too often not a route out of poverty, but a new poverty trap with low pay.

“The Government must accept more responsibility both as a low pay employer itself and in its democratic duty to protect British families from an economy that is not family friendly and has become far too dependent on a large poverty pay sector.

“The reliance on new jobs alone will clearly fail to reach the target of halving child poverty by 2010. We need direct investment in family incomes through tax credits and benefits to ensure the Government’s promise to poor children is kept.”

Notes for editors

CPAG is one of over 100 member organisations of the Campaign to End Child Poverty, campaigning for public and political commitment to ensure the goals of halving child poverty by 2010 and ending child poverty by 2020 are met.

 

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