Press Releases

  • 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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  • Miliband speech reaction: Tough decisions on market failures could help families

    January 17, 2014

    Responding to Ed Miliband’s speech on the economy today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “We welcome Ed Miliband's focus on a stronger, fairer economy that works for ordinary families and leaves no child behind. Struggling families were the first to be hit by austerity measures; we can't allow them to be the last to benefit from economic recovery and growth.

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  • CPAG statement on Chancellor's NMW comments

    January 17, 2014

    Responding to the Chancellor George Osborne’s comments this afternoon on increasing the minimum wage above inflation, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This is a very welcome suggestion from the Chancellor and it would do a great deal of good both for the poorest working families and for the economy.

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  • Autumn Statement creates new rationing system for children, working families and disabled people

    December 5, 2013

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

    “Today’s Autumn Statement creates a new income rationing system for children, working families and disabled people through a national cap on their basic support.

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  • Free school meals extension will help health and educational outcomes

    December 4, 2013

    Commenting on today’s announcement on Free School Meals by the Deputy Prime Minster, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “It’s great to see the government following through on the promise to provide free school meals to all primary school children up to 7 years old. The pilot schemes clearly proved it’s an excellent investment with improvements to children’s attainment and healthy eating.

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  • 3-year benefit ban hits 120 disabled people under new sanctions regime

    November 6, 2013

    The DWP has today published new data on the use of sanctions for Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants. It is the first data that covers new sanctions regimes that commenced for JSA in October 2012, and for ESA in December 2012.

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  • Childcare in Universal Credit: Joint press release from CPAG and other organisations

    October 17, 2013

    Government risks throwing away chance to tackle in-work poverty for the poorest parents, charities warn today

    Joint press release from: Barnardo’s, the Children’s Society, the Trades Union Congress, Child Poverty Action Group, Gingerbread, Working Families, The Resolution Foundation, The Women’s Budget Group

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  • Coalition child poverty strategy is failing

    October 17, 2013

    Responding to today’s first report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “The Commission’s verdict is clear: the Coalition’s current child poverty strategy is failing and child poverty is set to rise. The important thing now is to focus on the positive recommendations the Commission makes to turn this situation around.

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  • 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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