Press Releases

  • Child poverty reduced to lowest level in 25 years

    May 12, 2011

    Commenting on the new child poverty figures for 2009/10 announced today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “It is great news that child poverty fell during what was a terribly hard year for families and the economy. The investment in extra support for low income families worked, which means British people will avoid some of the social and economic costs that followed the recession and cuts in the 1980s.

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  • Unlawful child poverty ‘strategy’ includes cuts that make poor families poorer

    April 5, 2011

    Responding to the publication today of the Government’s child poverty ‘strategy’ and social mobility strategy, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “A child poverty ‘strategy’ which does not set out how poverty numbers will fall, and by when, is not a strategy and is incredibly disappointing and surprising given the Prime Minister’s stated commitment on tackling poverty.

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  • Complacent Budget puts child poverty promise at risk

    March 23, 2011

    Commenting on today’s Budget statement by the Chancellor, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This poverty-complacent Budget puts at risk the Government’s ability to meet its legally binding targets and its pre-election promises to end child poverty by 2020.

    “Despite the Chancellor’s repeated recognition of the pressures facing families, the Budget contains nothing specifically targeted to help families with children.

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  • Government faces legal challenge to housing benefit cuts

    March 7, 2011

    Child Poverty Action Group has announced today that it has issued urgent proceedings for judicial review of two of the cuts to Housing Benefit for private sector tenants due to come into force in full on 1st April 2011:

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  • Government to remove help from families in crisis

    March 3, 2011

    Commenting on today’s announcement of new rules preventing access to crisis loans to be brought in next month, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “We are shocked that Ministers would cut holes in the final layer of the safety net for families hit by a crisis.

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  • Treasury must not wreck universal credit and poverty progress

    February 17, 2011

    Commenting ahead of today’s publication of the Welfare Reform Bill, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “The jury is still out on the universal credit. Ministers are right to aim for much better back to work support and a benefits system that makes it pay to work. But scant detail and funding shortfalls forced by the Treasury leave it in major doubt whether it will help claimants gain work, or help meet the Prime Minster’s promise to ‘make UK poverty history’.

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  • Universal credit flaws and IT glitch must not damage children and families

    January 12, 2011

    Commenting on the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the government’s proposals for welfare reform and a Universal Credit system, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

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  • Campaigners welcome strengthened Child Poverty Commission

    December 21, 2010

    Commenting on the publication today of the Government’s consultation on its child poverty strategy, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “We welcome this consultation. All the main parties in the United Kingdom, as well as all the national governments, are now committed to ending child poverty and asking voters to judge them on their results.

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  • Professor Ruth Lister appointed Honorary President of Child Poverty Action Group

    December 8, 2010

    Child Poverty Action Group has today at its Annual General Meeting announced the appointment of Professor Ruth Lister as the Honorary President of the Group.

    Following the death of Professor Peter Townsend in 2009, the position of President has remained unfilled until today partly as a matter of respect.

    Professor Ruth Lister is a former Director of Child Poverty Action Group, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University and will soon be introduced to the House of Lords.

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

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  • Increase in working poor a massive blow to Government’s work first poverty strategy

    January 3, 2008

    Commenting on the IPPR report Working out of poverty: a study of the low paid and the working poor, released today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Kate Green, said:

    “The report shows that the main plank of the Government’s strategy to end child poverty is failing. Work is all too often not a route out of poverty, but a new poverty trap with low pay.

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