Press Releases

  • Autumn Statement: New cuts hit children in working and out of work families

    December 5, 2012

    Commenting in response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said:

    “Despite all the talk, working families are once again at the front of the queue for spending cuts. With 6 in 10 poor children living with a working parent, real terms cuts to tax credits, housing and child benefits are grim news.

    “Today’s measures give a net income boost to 3 out of 5 people in the wealthiest half of the population, whilst everyone in the poorest half will see their income cut. If we are all in it together, some of us – the poorest – are in it deeper than the rest.

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  • Autumn statement must not short-change strivers or make poor pay for missed growth

    December 4, 2012

    Commenting ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said:

    “We're looking for targeted help for families with children struggling to make ends meet as living costs rise.

    “Ministers talk about helping the 'strivers', but the truth is that the 'strivers' keep being short-changed. The lowest paid families - often people working long hours with little pay - have been near the front of the queue for cuts as billions in tax credits that protect the low paid have been taken away from family budgets. 

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  • Unemployed workers let down by failing work programme

    November 27, 2012

    Commenting on the publication of the first official statistics on the performance of the Work Programme, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Most people leave JSA and get back into work very quickly. The work programme is meant to help those who face greater challenges getting into work, and on this it is clearly failing.

    “These results are grim for people desperately hoping to move into work. The danger is that this becomes yet another top down bureaucratic programme that promises much, but delivers little.

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  • CPAG response to Work & Pension Committee's Universal Credit report

    November 22, 2012

    22 November 2012

     Universal Credit: Ignoring MPs’ report would risk policy failure

     Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, has responded to the Work and Pensions Committee’s report on implementation of Universal Credit.

     On the implementation programme for Universal Credit, she said:

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  • Government must focus on reducing not redefining poverty

    November 14, 2012

    Commenting ahead of the launch of a new government consultation on better ways of measuring child poverty, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    "It's perfectly sensible to look at the progress the government is or is not making across a broad range of indicators affecting children and families, but there’s no getting away from the plain fact that if child poverty is rising as a result of government policies then it's a rethink of government decisions not definitions that's needed.

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  • 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."

    ENDS

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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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