Miliband speech: CPAG welcome commitment to child poverty reduction

June 6, 2013

Responding to the speech Ed Miliband made today on social security, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“We welcome the renewed commitment to child poverty reduction as a top priority for a future Labour administration. We always put our children’s needs first in family life, and we should do so as a nation too. Research published this week by Child Poverty Action Group shows that our high levels of child poverty cost Britain £29 billion a year, so it’s not just about doing the right thing for our children, it’s the right thing for our economy too.

“The shift to looking at the root causes that put pressure on social security spending and increase poverty is absolutely right. Poverty pay, job insecurity, sky-high rents and lack of affordable childcare are also at the root of our high levels of child poverty. The big future savings, and the big poverty reductions, will come from building more affordable homes, tackling low pay, job guarantees and reducing childcare costs.”

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, 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.

For further information please contact:

Tim Nichols

CPAG Press Officer

Tel. 020 7812 5216 or 07816 909302 

tnichols@cpag.org.uk

www.cpag.org.uk