Press Releases

  • 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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  • CPAG statement on Prime Minister's speech and plans to remove benefits from rioters

    August 15, 2011

    Commenting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which receives its Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This bill means too many vulnerable people are set to be losers, and too many people will find the promise to make work pay is not being kept.

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  • Welfare Reform Bill must be put on hold until government explains plans

    June 15, 2011

    Commenting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which receives its Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This bill means too many vulnerable people are set to be losers, and too many people will find the promise to make work pay is not being kept.

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  • 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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