Press Releases

  • CHARITY TAKES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST DWP FOR DISABLED CLAIMANTS’ ARREARS

    April 19, 2018

    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is pursuing judicial review proceedings challenging the DWP’s decision to limit backdated payments for disabled people who were underpaid when they were moved from incapacity benefit (IB) to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to an October 2014 date. 

    The DWP has confirmed that it will defend its decision following the charity’s application for judicial review proceedings last month, although, given the number of people involved and potential amount of money at stake, it has agreed to the case being expedited.

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  • Faith leaders urge the government to loosen the grip of poverty on families by removing the two-child limit policy

    April 6, 2018

    PRESS RELEASE: for immediate release

    Today, 60 Bishops from the Church of England and senior representatives from other Christian, Jewish and Muslim organisations have come together to urge the Government to rethink its two-child limit policy, one year on from its introduction.

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  • Child poverty harms children’s educational opportunities

    April 2, 2018

    Growing child poverty is affecting children’s learning, say NEU education professionals, and schools and education staff are increasingly providing the services and essentials of daily life to stop families falling through the cracks.

    A snapshot survey (1) of a sample of heads, teachers and school support staff who are members of the National Education Union (NEU) reveals the extent to which poverty is damaging the educational opportunities for children from poor families.

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  • CPAG's response to annual poverty statistics

    March 22, 2018
    • 30% of children in poverty for second year running after housing costs (AHC) – increase from 4 million to 4.1 million
    • 67% of poor children in working families (AHC)
    • Risk of poverty for self-employed couples with children up from 30% to 33% (AHC)
    • Risk of poverty for children in lone parent families up from 47% to 49% (AHC)
    • Risk of poverty for children in families with 3 or more children up from 39% to 42% (AHC)
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  • COURT OF APPEAL LEAVES DOOR OPEN FOR WIDER CHALLENGE ON LOWER BENEFIT CAP

    March 15, 2018

    The Court of Appeal today overturned a High Court ruling that the lower benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children aged under two but left the door open for a wider challenge to the lawfulness of the cap as it applies to all lone parents. The Court ruled that the case had not demonstrated that lone parents of children aged under two were substantially more disadvantaged by the cap than lone parents in general.

    Commenting on the judgment, Child Poverty Action Group solicitor Carla Clarke said:

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  • MILBURN resignation: CPAG statement

    December 3, 2017

    In response to Alan Milburn’s resignation as Social Mobility Commissioner, Imran Hussain, Director of Policy at Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    "It's a genuine loss that Alan Milburn is resigning and totally dispiriting that it seems he is doing so because he has lost confidence in the government's willingness and ability to prioritise making society fairer.

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  • BUDGET 2017: RESCUE PACKAGE FOR UNIVERSAL CREDIT BUT NO STRUCTURAL REFORM TO KEEP THE PROMISE OF GREATER REWARDS FROM WORK

    November 22, 2017

    Commenting on today’s Budget, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

    “We were the first to sound the alarm over the waiting days for universal credit, so we’re pleased the Chancellor has acted to remove them and put in place new arrangements for receiving advances as part of an emergency rescue package, but this should have been the budget that ushered in much needed structural reform of Universal Credit to revive the central promise to strengthen the rewards from work and that didn’t happen.

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  • Holyrood vote "hugely welcome step in fight to end child poverty," say campaigners

    November 8, 2017

    The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland today (8/11/17) welcomed a unanimous Scottish Parliament vote putting ambitious targets to eradicate child poverty in law. The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act requires Scottish Ministers to meet four income based child poverty targets by 2030 as well as set out and report on the actions they will take to meet those targets. For the first time local authorities and health boards in Scotland will also have a duty to produce local child poverty action reports.

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  • THE AUSTERITY GENERATION: PROMISE OF GREATER REWARDS FROM WORK BROKEN UNDER UNIVERSAL CREDIT AS FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN HARDEST HIT BY CUTS

    November 6, 2017

    The promise of greater rewards from work made to working families has been broken as a result of cuts to Universal Credit and tax credits, with losses reaching thousands of pounds in many cases, new analysis by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows.
     
    ‘The Austerity Generation’ reveals that the cuts to Universal Credit (UC) will put 1 million more children into poverty – which means the long term impact of austerity policies will be felt for many years to come by the UK economy and society more generally. The report also finds that families already at greater risk of poverty – including lone parents, families with very young children, larger families and those with a disability – will be especially hard-hit by a decade of cuts to the incomes of families with children.
     

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  • POLL FINDS BRITAIN WANTS TO WORK

    November 2, 2017

    Low and middle-income parents want to work, want permanent jobs with a sense of purpose and put a premium on job security - but inadequate pay, a lack of affordable childcare and poor opportunities for progression are holding them back, a survey by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Working Families finds. [1]

    More than two fifths (43%) of part-time workers want to work more hours but are prevented from doing so (see below).

    And working parents want permanent jobs (71%).

    The UK unemployment rate currently stands at 4.3%, the lowest since 1975 (2).

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