Press Releases

  • The real problem is poverty, not problem families

    October 25, 2012

    In response to reports that Work & Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will later today deliver a speech on how the benefits system encourages problem families, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

     "It's not problem families but families faced with the problem of low pay and shrinking government help for families.

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  • CPAG response to PM's Conservative Party conference speech: ‘Rising child poverty the real cap on aspiration for children’

    October 10, 2012

    Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech at the Conservative Party conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Rising child poverty will be the real cap on aspiration for an increasing number of children in the coming years.

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  • Abhorrent plans will mark children as second class citizens from birth

    October 8, 2012

    Commenting on George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith’s proposal that unemployed families should have their benefits capped if they have more children, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “With this abhorrent proposal, the Chancellor is saying that some children will be marked out from birth as second class citizens with their lives worth less than others.

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  • CPAG response to Nick Clegg's party conference speech

    September 26, 2012

    Commenting on Nick Clegg's speech to the Liberal Democrat conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    "We look forward to hearing more detail about the new 'catch up' premium but it looks like a very welcome step towards tackling the attainment gap and stopping poor children from being left behind. It's absolutely right to focus on freeing up opportunity for all children but we need a greater recognition in decision-making that poverty is the destroyer of opportunity for rising numbers of British children."


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  • Benefits uprating plans would break the link with decency

    September 18, 2012

    Commenting on reports that the Treasury is examining plans to freeze benefits for two years and de-link benefit levels from rises in earnings or inflation, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    'Breaking the link between benefits and living standards would be breaking the link with decency. In hard times the values of a civilised society must ensure the most vulnerable families are protected.

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  • New CPAG research shows childhood getting more expensive

    September 4, 2012

    As parents face back-to-school costs, new research published today by Child Poverty Action Group and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation details the costs of meeting the minimum basic needs of a child in 2012.

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  • £3 billion tax credit cuts in 2nd quarter may have deepened recession

    July 25, 2012

    The unexpectedly large contraction in the economy of 0.7%, announced by the Office for National Statistics today for the second quarter, is likely to have been contributed to by steep cuts of £3 billion to tax credits that hit households in April 2012.

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  • High Court rules Government acted unlawfully in production of its child poverty strategy

    July 17, 2012

    The Government acted unlawfully in its failure to establish a Child Poverty Commission to advise on its child poverty strategy, the High Court has ruled today in a successful judicial review brought by Child Poverty Action Group.

    The Judge also said that the Government’s refusal to say what difference its child poverty strategy will have on child poverty levels was not something the courts can adjudicate on.

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  • PM promises more pain for children and families

    June 25, 2012

    Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech today on welfare, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said:

    “If this is the future direction of welfare policy it leaves in tatters the PM’s pledge to be the most family friendly government, to make progress on child poverty and to ensure the greatest burden of deficit reduction falls on the broadest shoulders.

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  • New report finds poor children going hungry at school

    June 15, 2012

    The British Youth Council and Child Poverty Action Group have today published a joint report, Going Hungry? Young people’s experiences of Free School Meals, on the failure of the free school meals system to reach all children in poverty.

    Research for the report also found that many students who should get free meals are not given enough credit on their cashless cards to afford the menu prices for a full meal. The report recommends that the new Universal Credit should guarantee free school meals for more children growing up below the poverty line.

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