Press Releases

  • COURT OF APPEAL RULES THAT ‘BEDROOM TAX’ IS UNLAWFUL

    January 27, 2016

    Today, the Court of Appeal has ruled that the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ is unlawful because of its impact on vulnerable individuals. The Court of Appeal dealt with two appeals together and in both cases ruled that the discrimination against victims of domestic violence and disabled children was not lawful.

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  • Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Peers vote to retain poverty measures

    January 25, 2016

    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the House of Lords vote today to retain the statutory duty to measure and report on income poverty which the Government wanted to scrap. Measures in the Welfare Reform & Work Bill which were voted down today would scrap the statutory duty to measure and report on income-based poverty, replacing it with only a duty to report on the number of workless households and children’s attainment at GCSE.

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  • CPAG reaction to Prime Minister’s speech on life chances and parenting

    January 11, 2016

    Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech on life chances and parenting today, Chief Executive of Child  Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

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  • RESPONSE TO SMCP REPORT

    December 18, 2015

    17th December 2015

    Responding today to today’s Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission report , Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action group Alison Garnham said:

    “The Commission is right to call for action to boost maternal employment and to raise the minimum wage so fewer people earn less than two thirds of median hourly pay but we need to be clear that cuts in benefits are the key driver of increased child poverty in the UK today.

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  • DWP FINDS BEDROOM TAX DEEPENS POVERTY AND DOESN’T FREE UP ACCOMMODATION

    December 17, 2015

    Responding to the DWP’s own evaluation of the bedroom tax, published today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham, said:

     “The DWP’s own evaluation finds that the ‘bedroom tax’ is not only pushing families into hardship but it’s also failing to free up more accommodation for families, the key argument ministers used to justify this controversial policy. This is a long and deep look at a hugely controversial policy – it really should not have been released just as MPs rise for Christmas.

     

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  • AUTUMN STATEMENT: TAX CREDITS U-TURN IS A STAY OF EXECUTION

    November 25, 2015

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

     

    “The Chancellor’s half-solved the problem he created in the Summer Budget of how we help the low paid. His decision to drop the latest tax credit cuts is very welcome and will be a huge relief to hard-up working families but, as the Treasury’s own costings reveal, the significant cuts to universal credit mean that in reality this is only a stay of execution.

     

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  • Reaction to tax credits Lords vote

    October 27, 2015

    In response to the House of Lords votes on tax credits, Imran Hussain, Director of Policy at Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    "The Government lost the votes in the Lords tonight but, more fundamentally, it's lost the big argument on its cuts for tax credits.

    "We hope ministers take a deep breath and admit that these cuts will pull the rug from under the feet of working families. Ministers should now bring forward new measures to help working families; investing in tax credits not cutting them.

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  • Nursery Nurses, Security Guards, Hairdressers –New Research Reveals Scale of Workers’ Losses In Tax Credit Cuts

    October 26, 2015

    As the House of Lords prepares to vote on tax credit cuts (on Monday 26th October), new analysis published today by Child Poverty Action Group reveals the extent to which workers in different jobs could lose out as a direct result of the controversial, proposed cuts. Nursery nurses, security guards, bank clerks and hospital porters are among those who would take heavy losses, the research shows.

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  • CPAG's response to David Cameron's speech

    October 7, 2015

    Responding today to the Prime Minister’s Conservative Conference speech today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

    “The Prime Minister is absolutely right to recognise that ending UK poverty would be a tremendous social reform and he deserves huge credit for putting poverty, social mobility and equality at the heart of his speech.

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