Recession never went away for many families

May 8, 2012

Commenting on today’s announcement by ONS of the first quarter economic data, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

“The economy may now be back in a technical recession but the truth is that for many families with children the recession had never gone away as they have endured a miserable few years coping with rising living costs, job losses, wage freezes and cuts in social protection.

“In a recession, unemployment rises, so rather than spuriously blaming rising welfare bills on dependency, ministers have to do more to create jobs, help parents move into work by providing better childcare and reinstate the tax credits taken away this month from many low-paid couples.”

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.