Press Releases

  • 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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  • CPAG publishes cost of child poverty in every local authority and constituency

    July 18, 2013

    Child Poverty Action Group has today published estimates of the costs generated by child poverty rates in every local authority and constituency in the UK. The local authority estimates, produced by Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University, are contained in a new report on how local authorities are trying to tackle child poverty at a time of social security cuts and upheaval.

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  • 'Foodbanks first’ jobseekers cut and welfare cap will rack up economic costs of child poverty

    June 26, 2013

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

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  • Two thirds of children in poverty living in working families

    June 13, 2013

    New figures today show that children below the poverty line are now twice as likely to come from homes with work, than homes without work.

    Responding to today’s official figures on UK child poverty for 2011/12, published today by DWP, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Despite all the talk about ‘scroungers’ and generations of families never working, today’s poverty figures expose comprehensively the myth that the main cause of poverty is people choosing not to work. The truth is that for a growing number of families work isn’t working. The promise that work would be a route out of poverty has not been kept as wages stagnate and spending cuts have hurt low income working families.

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  • Miliband speech: CPAG welcome commitment to child poverty reduction

    June 6, 2013

    Responding to the speech Ed Miliband made today on social security, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “We welcome the renewed commitment to child poverty reduction as a top priority for a future Labour administration. We always put our children’s needs first in family life, and we should do so as a nation too. Research published this week by Child Poverty Action Group shows that our high levels of child poverty cost Britain £29 billion a year, so it’s not just about doing the right thing for our children, it’s the right thing for our economy too.

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  • Miliband speech on social security – CPAG reaction

    June 6, 2013

    Responding to announcements from the Labour Party about the speech Ed Miliband will make today (Thursday) on social security, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “We welcome Labour’s shift to looking at the root causes that put pressure on social security spending and increase poverty, such as poverty pay, sky-high rents and lack of affordable childcare. The big future savings will come from building more affordable homes, tackling low pay, giving job guarantees and reducing childcare costs.

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