Press Releases

  • Iain Duncan Smith resignation: CPAG's response

    March 19, 2016

    In response to Iain Duncan Smith's resignation as Work & Pensions Secretary, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said: 

    "This is a resignation letter from a work and pensions secretary like no other.

    "In many ways, the reasons he provides echo many of the concerns we expressed this week on the Budget and in the months since the election.

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  • IFS report reveals child poverty about to surge

    March 2, 2016

    Responding to today’s IFS poverty projections, Imran Hussain, Director of Policy at Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “The prime minister has promised an all- out assault on poverty but we're facing a full blown child poverty crisis as a result of government tax and benefit policy choices which have prioritised tax cuts for richer groups rather than help for low income families.

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  • CPAG statement on welfare reform bill and child poverty statistics

    February 26, 2016

    In response to the Government amendment, on the statutory publication of child poverty statistics, to the Welfare Reform & Work Bill, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This is a good and welcome step and we’re pleased that the campaigning work we and others did has helped to secure it. A legally binding duty to publish child poverty statistics reflects the overwhelming view of experts and charities that child poverty must be prioritised and that money matters when we’re discussing child poverty.

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    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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    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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    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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