Press Releases

  • 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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    May 27, 2015


    CPAG Media Release


    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes today’s Queen’s Speech measures to increase free childcare provision but criticised the decision to invest in raising the personal tax allowance threshold, as an expensive and poorly targeted measure which will benefit the lowest income families least.


    CPAG’s Head of Policy Imran Hussain said:


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  • Short Changed – How Children Are Hit Hard By Limits To Key Support

    May 22, 2015

    Over two million children are in families that are cutting back on food or heating their homes as a result of the decision not to raise children’s benefits in line with the cost of living, new research from the coalition End Child Poverty reveals.

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    April 30, 2015


     Low-paid parents can be helped to overcome the greater barriers they face in striking the right balance for their families between work and parenting through better childcare support, more responsive employers and a stronger and more effective social security system, according to a report published today by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) commissioned by the Webb Memorial Trust.

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