Press Releases

  • Benefit claimants become filmmakers to challenge stereotypes

    October 15, 2013

    Dole Animators, a ground-breaking project based in Leeds, is a group of jobseekers, single parents and disabled people who have made an animated film about their experience claiming support through social security during the period when the government’s welfare reforms are being implemented.

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  • PM's conference speech: CPAG statement - Poverty is the enemy of opportunity

    October 2, 2013

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

     "The focus on opportunity is right and welcome but the big flaw in the speech is that you can’t build a land of opportunity for all on the ruins of a million more children living in poverty – poverty is the enemy of opportunity.”

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  • Groundhog Day welfare policy fails again to address root causes of labour market failures

    September 30, 2013

    In response to the Chancellor’s speech at the Conservative Party conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

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  • Reaction to Ed Miliband's speech to the Labour Party conference

    September 24, 2013

    Read our Chief Executive Alison Garnham’s reaction to Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour Party Conference here.

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  • CPAG response to announcement on free school meals

    September 17, 2013

    Immediate Release

    In response to reports that the Deputy Prime Minister will tomorrow announce that from next September infant school pupils in England will be provided with free school meals, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    "This would be a very welcome announcement and an excellent example of how helping parents with the cost of living can also prevent some of the costs of child poverty mounting up.

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  • Benefits debate failing ordinary families: new polling and CPAG letter to party leaders

    September 12, 2013

    The current debate about social security is failing ordinary families, according to a new campaign, ‘People Like Us’, being launched today by Child Poverty Action Group.

    The campaign is supported by new polling suggesting the public strongly rejects the idea that the government understands the concerns of people on low and middle incomes.

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  • CPAG statement on NAO report on Universal Credit

    September 5, 2013

    Commenting on the National Audit Office report ‘Universal Credit: early progress’ released today, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    'This report places Universal Credit on the ‘critical list’, cataloguing mistakes and failures that have dogged the project right from the start. The priority now has to be instilling confidence about when it will be delivered and, crucially for families, ensuring that when it’s up and running Universal Credit makes good on claims that it will make work pay and reduce poverty.

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  • Jamie Oliver on 'Money Saving Meals'

    August 27, 2013

    In response to comments made by TV chef Jamie Oliver on the eating and spending habits of low income families, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy, Child Poverty Action Group, said:

     "Jamie Oliver has made a huge contribution to improving school meals and we're grateful for the support his foundation has given us in our work on free school meals.

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  • Family living standards fall as minimum cost to raise a child up 4% in last year

    August 19, 2013

    As parents face back-to-school costs, new research published today by Child Poverty Action Group and co-funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that parents face a growing struggle to provide a decent standard of living for their families in 2013.

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  • BBC Trust: ‘Age of Entitlement’ programme on welfare reform broke accuracy and impartiality rules

    July 30, 2013

    The BBC Trust has ruled that the programme The Future of the Welfare State with John Humphrys, broadcast in October 2011, has breached its rules on impartiality and accuracy.

    The programme, on a subject that the BBC Trust decided met its criteria for being a ‘controversial subject’ and a ‘major matter’, postulated that there is an ‘age of entitlement’.

    The BBC Trust considered an appeal brought by Child Poverty Action Group and an unidentified individual complainant – ‘complainant A’.

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