Press Releases

  • Budget 2014: Child Poverty Action Group on the impact on families

    March 19, 2014

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

    “Today’s Budget tries to lock-in austerity for millions of low-paid families, poor children, carers and disabled people. Announcing a cap for social security spending without a plan to address the root causes of low pay, high rents and high childcare costs, simply forces the most vulnerable in society to pay the price for inaction.

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  • New analysis highlights child poverty risks of Chancellor’s new spending cap

    March 18, 2014

    New analysis commissioned by Child Poverty Action Group from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Essex University highlights how the expected budget announcement on capping Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) could drive up UK child poverty rates.

    The ‘AME cap’ will set an annual ceiling on overall spending for working age support through tax credits and benefits for low paid workers, carers, disabled people and single parents.

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  • CPAG welcome announcement on childcare and early years pupil premium investment

    March 18, 2014

    In response to the Government's announcement that 85% of childcare costs will be met in Universal Credit and that there will be a £50 million Early Years Pupil Premium funding for the most disadvantaged three and four year olds, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, said:

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  • Media pre-briefing for Budget 2014

    March 14, 2014

    The media briefing attached at the top right of this page inclueds the following information:

    1)    CPAG priorities for Budget Statement 2014

    2)    Child poverty: the facts

    3)    Living standards in crisis and the economic consequences

    4)    Deficit reduction options and fairness to families

    5)    Autumn Statement letter from CPAG to the Chancellor

    6)    Contact information for quotes and interview requests

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  • Child Poverty strategy proposals need much greater ambition to reverse failures

    February 27, 2014

    Commenting on today’s publication of the government consultation on their new child poverty strategy, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “After a long wait, we’re disappointed to see a list that contains little new, or likely to make a dent in the numbers of children growing up in poverty.

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  • Government’s child poverty adviser Alan Milburn warns recovery must be fair

    February 25, 2014

    On the eve of the publication of the government’s new child poverty strategy, the government’s adviser on child poverty and social mobility, Alan Milburn, has called for the government to maintain its focus on income poverty and warned that an economic recovery without a ‘social recovery’ would not be a success.

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  • New government commissioned report admits genuine need for food aid in UK

    February 20, 2014

    Following today’s warning by 26 Bishops about a national crisis of hunger, Defra has published a new research report that suggests that there is significant need for food aid in Britain today.

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  • CPAG responds to Iain Duncan Smith speech on welfare reform

    January 23, 2014

    Responding to today’s speech by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said:

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  • Shift to focus on root causes of benefit expenditure is welcome

    January 20, 2014

    Responding to today’s speech by Rachel Reeves, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Rachel Reeves is spot on in saying that you can’t have a strong economy unless you have a system of social security that helps people into work, makes work pay and recognises contribution. Child poverty costs £29 billion every year, hitting families, the taxpayer and the wider economy.

    “We should not forget that the vast majority of people receiving benefits, have worked, are working or soon will work again.

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  • Revelation about Malcom Wicks highlights need to protect child benefit today

    January 20, 2014

    Commenting on today’s revelations about the role of the late Malcom Wicks in the introduction of child benefit, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Finally, the great mystery of who saved child benefit from failing to get off the ground is solved. Today's revelation serves to underline that Malcolm Wicks was a decent and courageous man with a passionate and informed understanding of the social security system and the difference it could make to families.

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