Press Releases

  • 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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  • British children need Coalition to prove commitment to reducing child poverty

    June 14, 2012

    Today’s new child poverty figures confirm that while the ambitious target for 2010 was not reached, it drove forward major progress reducing child poverty across all measures:

    • Absolute poverty reduced by more than half (from 3.4 million children to 1.4 million children since 1999)
    • Relative poverty reduced by 1.1 million children (from 3.4 million to 2.3 million since 1999)
    • Material deprivation reduced by 300,000 children (from 2.2 million to 1.9 million since 2005).
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  • Experts warn massive reductions in UK child poverty may be reversed by Coalition

    June 11, 2012

    The child poverty approach pursued between 1998 and 2010 was broad-based, made a significant and long-lasting difference to families with children and reduced child poverty on a scale and at a pace unmatched by other industrial nations during the period.

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  • Government loses disability benefit case in Appeal Court

    May 15, 2012

    In a unanimous ruling, the Court of Appeal has held that the size criteria in the housing benefit regulations discriminate against disabled people, because they do not allow for an additional room to be paid for where a disabled person has a carer, or where two children cannot share a room because of disability.

    In his judgment, Mr Justice Henderson concludes:

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  • Tax credits calamity hammers 200,000 families and harms the economy

    May 8, 2012

    New figures today, published by HMRC, show that over 200,000 families will be losing their entire working tax credit support, worth £3,870, from 6 April 2012. The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This is an absolute calamity that plunges nearly half a million children deep below the poverty line. Many of these parents will now have less money in work than if they just claimed benefits. It runs directly against the consensus on the importance of making work pay and the government’s duties on child poverty.

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  • Recession never went away for many families

    May 8, 2012

    Commenting on today’s announcement by ONS of the first quarter economic data, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “The economy may now be back in a technical recession but the truth is that for many families with children the recession had never gone away as they have endured a miserable few years coping with rising living costs, job losses, wage freezes and cuts in social protection.

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