Press Releases

  • CPAG responds to Prime Minister’s ‘shared society’ speech

    January 9, 2017

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

    "There are nearly 4 million UK children in poverty so the Prime Minister is absolutely right to say Government should commit to a programme of social reform which adds up to more than policies for dysfunctional families or for our very brightest children. 

    “It's confusing to talk about just-about-managing families as one set of people and people on low incomes as another. 

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    November 30, 2016

    Commenting on today’s National Audit Office (NAO) report on sanctions against benefit claimants, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

     “As today’s NAO report makes clear, the DWP has little idea what impact sanctions have on individuals and, with some areas imposing twice as many sanctions as others, appears to have little concern for consistency. Sanctions create destitution but the DWP is operating almost blind. It has the tools to establish what happens to sanctioned claimants - and their chances of getting work - but seems to choose not to mobilise these.


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  • Autumn Statement: tweaks dwarfed by Summer Budget cuts for JAMs

    November 23, 2016


    The small gains for ‘just managing’ families in today’s Autumn Statement are welcome but for most of these households, they will be dwarfed by the losses they will sustain as a result of Summer 2015 Budget social security cuts:

     The Treasury is briefing that a single parent with one child and no housing costs earning £15,000 per year will gain £170 per year from the lower Universal Credit ‘taper rate’ announced today, but in reality today’s announcement simply means this lone parent will lose £3000 a year, rather than £3,170 a year, as a result of the substantial package of cuts announced in the Summer 2015 Budget.  (1)

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  • CPAG wins Supreme Court bedroom tax breakthrough

    November 9, 2016

    The country’s highest court, the Supreme Court, has ruled that the Government discriminated against a disabled woman and her husband and a severely disabled child who needs overnight care through the implementation of the ‘bedroom tax’.

    The Supreme Court judges dismissed the Government’s appeal in the case of CPAG’s clients Paul and Susan Rutherford who provide around-the-clock care for their disabled grandson and who have a third bedroom for overnight carers.

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  • Response to announcement of the 2016-17 London Living Wage rate

    October 31, 2016

    Responding today to the announcement of the 2016-17 London Living Wage rate, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

    “A London Living Wage rate for 2016-17 of £9.75 is a beacon of good news on a pretty grim horizon for the capital's families. 4 in 10 London children live in poverty, over half of these children live in a family where someone is in work so the London Living Wage provides an important mechanism to reduce in-work poverty in London.

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  • Parents on minimum wage cannot meet basic family costs

    September 22, 2016

    Parents working on the ‘national living wage’ still can’t earn enough to provide an acceptable minimum living standard for their children despite flat (and now falling) inflation and a drop in core household costs like food and energy – even if they both work full-time, warns a new report.

    And lone parents’ living standards have deteriorated faster compared to couple-families, with the gap likely to widen, according to the report from Loughborough University’s Donald Hirsch for Child Poverty Action Group.

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    September 14, 2016

    Out-of-school services are failing to match parents’ need for afterschool and holiday childcare a new report (1) from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Family and Childcare Trust warns.

    Almost two fifths (39%) of schools surveyed for the report said parents wanted holiday provision but only 29% of schools offered this. For afterschool childcare the shortfall was 11 percentage points, with only just over half of schools providing this. The mismatch was biggest in primary schools.

    Drawing on surveys of more than 1,000 head teachers and of 1,200 children, the study found that extended schools are popular with children and schools, but lack of resources was preventing them from expanding.

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    September 1, 2016
    • Over 19,000 low income, sick and disabled Londoners were referred to bailiffs in 2015/16, a 51% increase on the previous year
    • 26 of 33 London boroughs charge council tax to households previously deemed too poor to pay (up from 24 in 2015/16)
    • Eight London boroughs hiked minimum charges for 2016/17 (up from 7 in 2015/16)
    • Since April 2013 at least 318,000 households have been unable to pay their new council tax charges and received a court summons as a result
    • Almost 250,00 of those same households have been charged over £27 million in court costs


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  • Response to statement on universal credit

    July 20, 2016


    Responding today to Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green’s announcement of further delays to the roll out of Universal Credit, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:


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    July 14, 2016

    Commenting on the appointment today of Damian Green as Work and Pensions Secretary, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

     “The new Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green inherits the two great challenges of an oncoming child poverty crisis and a universal credit benefit that was meant to make work pay but was left eviscerated by Summer budget cuts. We look forward to working with him to ensure that those challenges are overcome so that the country does indeed work for all families, rather than just some.”


    Notes to Editors:

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