Press Releases

  • London’s poorest hit by cuts to council tax support

    July 30, 2015

      Two years on from the abolition of national council tax benefit, tens of thousands of low-income Londoners are still reeling in the face of local payment demands, a report from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Z2K reveals.

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  • Bedroom tax “saints” take fight to the Court of Appeal

    July 21, 2015

    Two grandparents and their severely disabled grandson hit by the bedroom tax won the right today to take their case to the Court of Appeal. The Court ruled that the Rutherford family, who appeared on the BBC documentary Saints and Scroungers, should have their appeal heard before the end of the year.

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  • Response to the summer budget from End Child Poverty

    July 8, 2015

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    In response to Today’s Budget , David Holmes CBE, Chair of the End Child Poverty coalition, said:

    “The good news on the minimum wage will help many but the bad news on tax credits and children’s benefits will mean families with children will be hit hard.  It is difficult to see how this will not impact on levels of child poverty. 

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  • Budget U-turn on tax credits and working families

    July 8, 2015

    Responding to today’s budget Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

    “The welcome move on a higher minimum wage cannot disguise the truth that this is a budget that damages the economic security of working families, and takes us further down the road to being a two-nation economy, with higher child poverty for millions and lower taxes for the better off. 

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  • Universal Credit could lift over 500,000 children out of poverty

    July 4, 2015

    New research published today (Saturday) by the TUC and Child Poverty Action Group finds that much bigger reductions to child poverty could be achieved by channelling support through Universal Credit instead of raising the income tax threshold.

    The report, Reforms to Universal Credit, looks at alternative options for helping low income families of almost identical expenditure to the current cost of immediately raising the income tax threshold to £12,500.

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  • Government turns it back on poor children

    July 1, 2015

    Responding to today’s  statement from Iain Duncan Smith on changes to the poverty measure, Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

    “The Government is turning its back on poor children.  Only a year ago, the Secretary of State claimed the child poverty targets would be met but last week’s child poverty statistics showed that absolute child poverty has risen by half a million since 2010 and that progress on relative poverty has stalled.

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  • Child poverty statistics: End Child Poverty coalition statement

    June 25, 2015

     

     

     

    Responding to the publication of the child poverty statistics, Chair of the End Child Poverty coalition David Holmes, said:

    “The announcement that 2.3 million children are still living in relative poverty, and that half a million more are living in absolute poverty since 2010, underlines just how much further there is to go if we are to eliminate child poverty in the UK. It’s difficult to see how we’re going to make a difference to the childhoods and life chances of these millions of children without further concerted action at national level.”

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  • Grim news on child poverty

    June 25, 2015

    Responding to today’s official poverty statistics (Households Below Average Income) Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

    "These figures make grim reading for anyone looking for progress on child poverty.  Because, make no mistake, we are facing a child poverty crisis in the years ahead and the Government is not going to meet the child poverty targets it signed up to. Rather than opening up opportunity, the UK is now going down the road of closing down life chances for hundreds of thousands of children in low income families.

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  • CPAG statement on PM's opportunity speech

    June 22, 2015

    Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech on opportunity, Alison Garnham Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Almost a decade ago, the Prime Minister spoke of poverty being a moral disgrace and an economic waste. That was right then and is right now. No road to opportunity starts with policies that may end leaving three million children in poverty. No moral mission involves taking away tax credits for our poorest children. No serious plan for the low paid begins with making them poorer by cutting their tax credits.“

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  • Childcare costs push 130,000 children into poverty

    June 19, 2015
    • Risk of poverty increases by a third when working parents pay for childcare
    • Pledged support under universal credit won't kick in for at least four years
    • Leading charities urge government to bring forward support under tax credits.
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