Press Releases

  • PM speech: IGNORING CHILD POVERTY IS NO WAY TO BUILD BRITISH DREAM

    October 4, 2017

    In response to the Prime Minister’s party conference speech, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Despite its billing, despite all the slogans on the stage, this was not really a speech about aspiration and building a country that works for everyone. To do that the Prime Minister should have directly addressed UK poverty, one of the ‘burning injustices’ which she spoke about last year.

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  • Universal Credit: response to Secretary of State’s speech

    October 2, 2017

    In response to David Gauke's Conservative party speech, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

    "We've been calling for some time for information on advance payments to be proactively offered to families with children. It doesn't make sense to pretend that having no income for 6 weeks won't harm them. If that's now going to happen then that's welcome.

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  • INFLATION AND BENEFIT FREEZE DRAGGING WORKING PARENTS FURTHER AWAY FROM BEING ABLE TO MEET BASIC FAMILY COSTS

    August 21, 2017

    Parents working full time on the ‘national living wage’ (NLW) are significantly short of the income needed to give children an acceptable minimum living standard – as defined by the public – and the shortfall will grow as inflation combines with the current freeze on benefits to put family budgets under new strain, a report (1) warns.

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  • LIVING WAGE COUNCILS HAVE POSITIVE RIPPLE EFFECT ON LOCAL BUSINESSES

    August 7, 2017

    London businesses are more likely to pay the real Living Wage if their local council is an accredited Living Wage employer, analysis in a new guide from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Living Wage Foundation shows. The charities have identified a positive ‘ripple effect’ on local businesses when their council gets Living Wage accreditation.

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  • CPAG wins breakthrough case as operation of late mandatory reconsideration scheme ruled unlawful

    August 4, 2017

    “… significant number of claimants… entitled to benefits not being paid them…”

    The Upper Tribunal (UT) has today declared the Government’s restrictions on access to the social security appeals system to be unlawful, in a test case brought by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) The Tribunal’s decision enhances and protects the appeal rights of the hundreds of thousands of benefit claimants who each year seek to challenge refusals of benefit.

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  • BIG RISE IN FAMILIES SUCKED INTO THE BENEFIT CAP

    August 3, 2017

    Government figures out today show a huge jump in the number of households hit by the benefit cap since it was lowered in November 2016, with many areas of the country seeing more than a threefold rise. 

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  • GOVERNMENT LOSES BENEFIT CAP TEST CASE: CPAG RESPONSE

    June 22, 2017

    Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group:

     “In exposing the absurdity and cruelty of the benefit cap, we hope this case is the beginning of the end for this nasty policy. It is a policy that punishes the vulnerable for being vulnerable and even fails on its own terms.

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  • QUEEN’S SPEECH: CHILD POVERTY ACTION GROUP RESPONSE

    June 21, 2017
    • Welcome shelving of plans to cut universal free school meals
    • No plans for tackling rising child poverty, despite promise to tackle ‘burning injustice’ of poverty
    • Urgent need for a coherent social justice agenda

    Alison Garnham, Chief Executive:

    “We welcome the commitments to strengthen rights at work and the minimum wage for over 25-year-olds, but this is a Queen's Speech conspicuous for what it doesn’t mention and suggests the Government is missing a serious and coherent social justice agenda.

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  • BENEFITS FREEZE MUST END AS INFLATION JUMPS

    June 13, 2017

    An urgent re-think of the current four-year freeze in benefits is needed to protect struggling families from further damage as inflation jumps to 2.9% - a four-year high - Child Poverty Action Group warns.

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  • Poverty is ‘making children sick’, say children’s doctors

    May 11, 2017

     Sobering stories from paediatricians reveal health impact on millions of UK children living in poverty

     Poverty and low income is seriously affecting the health of UK children according to paediatricians – and any new Government must tackle health inequalities or risk storing up health problems for future generations. That’s according to a new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) launched today.

     Poverty and child health: views from the frontline, is based on a survey of more than 250 paediatricians across the country, whose comments provide an insight into the grave reality of life for the millions of UK children living in poverty.

     Latest figures show that 30% (4 million)[1] children in the UK live in poverty – with projections suggesting this could rise to 5 million by the end of the decade 2.

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