Press Releases

  • 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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  • Report shows families want child benefit protected

    April 27, 2012

    Child Poverty Action Group has today released a report called ‘Save Child Benefit’ linked to its Save Child benefit campaign, which gives the results of a survey showing what parents spend their child benefit on and how much they value it.

    The top three main areas that parents of all social classes spend child benefit on are:

    1. Clothes and shoes (51%)

    2. Food (26%)

    3. Education related (16%)

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  • Overhyped Budget does little for families

    April 27, 2012

    Key points from Budget 2012:

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  • Family budgets hit by ‘Bad Friday’ bombshell

    April 4, 2012

    Commenting on the multi-billion pound cuts set to hit ordinary families on Good Friday, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This year’s holiday will feel more like ‘Bad Friday’ for millions of families as they come to terms with over £2 billion of cuts.

    “Some of the poorest working families will lose thousands of pounds from their annual income, leaving them in a desperate struggle to pay for basics like groceries, clothes and household bills.

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  • 20,000 children to be pushed into poverty by child benefit cut

    March 20, 2012

    New research by Child Poverty Action Group, shows that the cliff that will be created by the government’s plans for child benefit will push households with 20,000 children into net incomes comparable to poverty.

    The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

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  • Minimum wage rise below inflation tightens squeeze on families

    March 20, 2012

    Commenting on the decision by Ministers to adopt the proposals of the Low Pay Commission for a rise in the National Minimum wage below inflation, and a freeze for younger workers, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This is another turn of the screw on families working hard in the lowest paid jobs.

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