Press Releases

  • Government child poverty strategy needs rethink as experts warn of looming crisis

    May 7, 2013

    Responding to the publication today of new projections for UK child poverty rates, prepared by the Institute for Fiscal Studies for the Northern Ireland Executive (OFMDFM), Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “We always put our children’s needs first in family life, and we should do as a nation too. But today’s dire projections reveal we are in danger of failing the next generation.

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  • Unicef report proves investing in children worked

    April 11, 2013

    Commenting the Unicef Report Card on child wellbeing published today, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “After years of steadily catching up on our European neighbours, the wellbeing of our children now looks set to fall behind as a result of the government's austerity policies.

    “The evidence is now undeniable that investing in children in the first decade of the century worked. The wellbeing and life chances of our children caught up with other countries considerably because we did the right thing and made it a political priority. But we are now expecting absolute child poverty to rise by 600,000 children during the current parliament.

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  • Family finances hit by £2.3 billion bombshell in April

    April 1, 2013

    Low income households will have their family finances hit by multiple cuts this month. The main cuts are:

    1. Bedroom Tax (housing benefit penalties for excess rooms in social sector) - £490m
    2. Council tax benefit localised and devolved budgets cut by 10% - £485m
    3. Local housing allowance annual uprate at CPI (instead of RPI) - £90m
    4. Benefit cap introduced - £290m
    5. Tax credit disregard for in-year increases reduced to £5,000 - £455m
    6. Working age benefits and tax credits: uprating capped at 1% - £505m

    Total losses - £2,315m

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  • Landmark study: child poverty is growing as austerity bites

    March 28, 2013

    Responding to the findings of the Poverty and Social Exclusion report, The Impoverishment of the UK, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

     “This is a landmark study; the largest and most authoritative study on poverty and deprivation conducted in the UK. At nearly every turn it paints a grim picture of an enormous rise in child poverty and deprivation that is sending the living standards of huge numbers of children spiralling downwards.

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  • Budget leaves poorest families abandoned on the frontline of austerity

    March 20, 2013

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

    “The Chancellor described it as a budget for families with children looking to work hard and aspiring to get on, but most low income families have very few reasons to be cheerful and plenty to be fearful. Child poverty is set to increase by 600,000 children during the Coalition’s time in office, and there is nothing much in the Budget that will change this course.

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  • Childcare support plan must be better targeted and more timely

    March 19, 2013

    Responding to the government’s announcement that they will cover up to 85 per cent of childcare costs for some low-income families eligible for universal credit (UC) from April 2016, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said:

    “We welcome this government recognition that the high costs of childcare in the UK act as a significant deterrent for all families who want to get back to work or work longer hours. But this scheme would do very little to help the families that need it most, or to reduce child poverty.

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  • Coalition policies to push 600,000 children into absolute poverty by 2015

    March 19, 2013

    New analysis for Child Poverty Action Group by Landman Economics has found that an increase of 600,000 children in absolute child poverty is likely between 2010 and 2015.

    The analysis is made on the basis of the Coalition tax and benefit spending policies implemented since 2010, and planned to be implemented up to 2015. It is net of any improvements to child poverty from Universal Credit.

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  • DWP drops Supreme Court appeal over disabled children ‘bedroom tax’

    March 14, 2013

    The Department for Work and Pensions has issued an ‘urgent bulletin’ announcing that the Secretary of State has decided to drop his pursuit of an appeal at the Supreme Court on a case he had lost at the Court of Appeal.

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  • Government must not airbrush poverty pay out of the picture

    January 31, 2013

    A speech today on the causes of child poverty by Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, made no mention of his department’s evidence that in-work problems like low wages and low hours are a factor in the majority of child poverty cases. Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Now is not a time to airbrush the main causes of child poverty out of the picture and move the goal posts. With 5 million people paid less than the living wage, it is no surprise that official figures show children are much more likely to be in poverty because they have a parent who is a security guard, care worker or cleaner than a drug addict.

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  • Child poverty strategy in disarray from poverty-producing bill

    January 17, 2013

    The government has revealed in answer to a parliamentary question that 200,000 children will be pushed into relative income poverty by its bill to cut social security benefits and tax credits in real terms. This result from a restriction of annual uprating to just 1%, which is below inflation.

    This will mean Coalition policies are set to increase child poverty by a million children by 2020 on the relative income measure.

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