Press Releases


    November 25, 2015

    Responding to the Autumn Statement today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:


    “The Chancellor’s half-solved the problem he created in the Summer Budget of how we help the low paid. His decision to drop the latest tax credit cuts is very welcome and will be a huge relief to hard-up working families but, as the Treasury’s own costings reveal, the significant cuts to universal credit mean that in reality this is only a stay of execution.


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  • Reaction to tax credits Lords vote

    October 27, 2015

    In response to the House of Lords votes on tax credits, Imran Hussain, Director of Policy at Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    "The Government lost the votes in the Lords tonight but, more fundamentally, it's lost the big argument on its cuts for tax credits.

    "We hope ministers take a deep breath and admit that these cuts will pull the rug from under the feet of working families. Ministers should now bring forward new measures to help working families; investing in tax credits not cutting them.

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  • Nursery Nurses, Security Guards, Hairdressers –New Research Reveals Scale of Workers’ Losses In Tax Credit Cuts

    October 26, 2015

    As the House of Lords prepares to vote on tax credit cuts (on Monday 26th October), new analysis published today by Child Poverty Action Group reveals the extent to which workers in different jobs could lose out as a direct result of the controversial, proposed cuts. Nursery nurses, security guards, bank clerks and hospital porters are among those who would take heavy losses, the research shows.

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  • CPAG's response to David Cameron's speech

    October 7, 2015

    Responding today to the Prime Minister’s Conservative Conference speech today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

    “The Prime Minister is absolutely right to recognise that ending UK poverty would be a tremendous social reform and he deserves huge credit for putting poverty, social mobility and equality at the heart of his speech.

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  • Parents struggling to meet no-frills family costs as crisis in family finances looms

    August 12, 2015

    Parents working on the minimum wage are on the brink of a new crisis in family finances that will leave many stranded when it comes to meeting no-frills family costs, warns a new report produced by Loughborough University’s Donald Hirsch for Child Poverty Action Group.

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  • 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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