Press Releases

  • 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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  • EXTENDING FREE SCHOOL MEALS: A COMPELLING CASE

    April 6, 2017

    Welcoming the Labour party’s commitment to extending free school meals to all primary school children, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

     “This is a welcome move which we have long campaigned for. The evidence on the benefits for children of extending school meals is very strong. It shows children’s school results are boosted, their diet improves and parents in food poverty have more to spend on nutritious breakfast and dinners for their kids. What’s more, free school meals save families much-needed money and strengthen work incentives, helping parents get better off through work.

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  • CHILD POVERTY JUMPS TO 4 MILLION

    March 16, 2017

     

    o Child poverty up to 4 million

    o 100,000 more children went into poverty in 2015-16 after housing costs

    o 67% of poor children are in working families

    o Self-employed couples with children have a 30% risk of poverty

    o 47% of lone parents’ children are poor

    o London remains the area with the highest child poverty rate – at 37% (after housing costs) . But excluding housing costs, West Midlands and Northern Ireland have the highest child poverty rates regionally, each at 23%

    o The IFS projects the number of children in relative poverty will rise by 1.2 million to 5.1 million by 2021-22 due to real-terms cuts in tax credits and work allowances. (1)

     

    Responding to the Government’s annual poverty statistics which are published today (2) and show an increase in child poverty for the second year running, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

     “Today’s figures show that child poverty has increased to 4 million, a level we haven’t seen since 2007-8. The number of poor children in working families has reached 67%. The Prime Minister spoke about injustice on entering Downing Street but there is no greater burning injustice than children being forced into poverty as a result of government policy and no greater damage to our long term prosperity than failing to invest in our children.

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  • BUDGET 2017: NEW LANGUAGE BUT MORE THIN GRUEL FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIES

    March 8, 2017

    Responding to today’s Budget, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

    “The Budget may have put the next generation first in words, but it was silent on the huge rises in child poverty projected by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (1) over the next five years. Nothing does more to damage the childhoods and life chances of our children than poverty.

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  • CHILD POVERTY BILL: TARGETS NEEDED TO DRIVE ACTION

    February 3, 2017

    Commenting ahead of the second reading today of Dan Jarvis MP’s Private Member’s Bill - Child Poverty in the UK (Target for Reduction) Bill 2016-17 – which places a duty on the Secretary of State to meet four targets for child poverty by a target date (to be specified), Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said: 

    “Child poverty in the UK is starting to rise for the first time in almost a decade. And IFS projections suggest the rise will be sustained – such that 50% more kids will be under the poverty line by 2020. Yet we’re operating without binding targets to bring child poverty down because the Child Poverty Act was effectively repealed last year. By contrast, Scotland is in the process of introducing its own child poverty legislation including targets for the elimination of child poverty.

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  • CPAG responds to Prime Minister’s ‘shared society’ speech

    January 9, 2017

    Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    "There are nearly 4 million UK children in poverty so the Prime Minister is absolutely right to say Government should commit to a programme of social reform which adds up to more than policies for dysfunctional families or for our very brightest children. 

    “It's confusing to talk about just-about-managing families as one set of people and people on low incomes as another. 

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