Press Releases

  • 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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  • 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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