Press Releases

  • Local figures for children and families losing Working Tax Credit in April

    March 20, 2012

    In April 2012, around half a million children will suddenly be at risk of being plunged into poverty as the Working Tax Credit hours rule changes for couples.

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  • Fresh debate needed on making the economy fair

    February 14, 2012

    Commenting on Ed Miliband’s speech today on the economy and living standards, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said:

    “The austerity agenda is hurting, but it’s not working. We’re standing on the brink of a disastrous surge in child poverty, which will come at great social and economic cost if we let it happen. So we welcome a fresh debate on how the wealthiest can make a fairer contribution, because right now it is families with children who are being made to carry the greatest burden, despite not being the cause of our economic crisis.

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  • Benefit cap myths exposed

    January 23, 2012

    On the day that members of the House of Lords vote on key amendments on the proposals for a household benefits cap, Child Poverty Action Group are exposing the myths on which the policy is based.

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

    "The household benefit cap policy is built on a foundation of myths, but the 210,000 children affected will face harsh realities of severe poverty and homelessness.

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  • Government abandons low income families in child poverty u-turn

    November 29, 2011

    Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “Britain’s poorest families have been abandoned today and left to face the worst. The increase in child tax credit that the Chancellor said last year was there to stop child poverty rising for at least two years has been cancelled today.

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  • Free childcare for 140,000 two year olds will help address child poverty

    November 11, 2011

    Responding to the details announced today by the Deputy Prime Minster of the extension of free childcare for 2 year olds in economically disadvantaged households, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “The government’s child poverty strategy needs to be a broad approach, with action on early years an essential element alongside decent welfare benefits, fair pay and high quality services.

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  • London families need jobs they can raise a family on

    October 20, 2011

    In response to the publication of the London Poverty Profile published today by the Trust for London, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said:

    “This valuable, in-depth report is the latest to spell out the extent and the depth of poverty facing London’s children.

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  • CPAG response to inflation rise

    October 18, 2011

    In response to the higher than anticipated inflation figures for September published today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said:

    “Caught between the spiralling cost of essentials and a fall in the real value of benefits, it is low income families who are truly feeling the squeeze.

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  • Court rules to allow discriminatory impacts of Housing Benefit cuts

    October 13, 2011

    The High Court of Justice has today passed down judgment in favour of the Government in a Judicial Review brought by Child Poverty Action Group. The review concerned two specific cuts to housing benefit that came into force this April:

    • Restriction of maximum household size to four bedrooms
    • Caps on the amount of Housing Benefit a household can receive

    Child Poverty Action Group’s case in support of disadvantaged families against the Government was:

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  • Government must act urgently on devastating child poverty warning

    October 11, 2011

    In response to the publication of a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which projects child poverty to rise by 800,000 children as a result of the Government’s policies, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This devastating report leaves the Government’s child poverty and social mobility strategies in jeopardy. The Government has to stop pretending you can fight poverty or improve life chances by making the poor poorer.

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  • CPAG response to PM's party conference speech

    October 5, 2011

    In response to David Cameron’s party conference speech, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “There was a child poverty-sized hole in this speech. The Prime Minister said his party would lift the poorest up but his speech completely ignores the fact that as a result of his government’s policies child poverty will rise significantly and is totally silent on what the government plans to do to meet the 2020 child poverty target by helping struggling low-income families.

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