Press Releases

  • Child Poverty figures Show big variations across UK and within local authoritiess

    October 15, 2014

    The Campaign to End Child Poverty has today published new figures that provide a child poverty map of the whole of the UK. The figures are broken down by parliamentary constituency, local authority and ward.

    The figures reveal the wide disparity in poverty rates across the UK, between regions and striking variations even within regions.

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  • London has highest child poverty rate

    October 15, 2014

    The Campaign to End Child Poverty has today published new figures showing that London contains 14 out of the top 20 local authorities with the highest rates of child poverty across the UK. 

    The Campaign is publishing today a new report and data that provides a child poverty map of the whole of the UK including a full data set showing the child poverty rate for every ward, local authority and constituency in London.

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  • New Benefits for Migrants Handbook out now

    October 9, 2014

    The Child Poverty Action Group this week publishes the Benefits for Migrants Handbook, a definitive guide to the social security entitlement conditions for people who have come to or are leaving the UK.

     

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  • Higher tax allowance of limited help to lowest paid families

    October 8, 2014

    Responding today to the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s speech to the Lib Dem Conference, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

    “It was good to hear the Deputy Prime Minister emphasising how parents in working poverty are bearing the brunt of spending cuts. We should be moving heaven and earth to help the nearly two thirds of poor children living in working families, not condemning more children to join them.

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  • Higher tax allowance does little for low earners – as little as 15% benefit will go to lowest-income half of the population

    October 1, 2014

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

    “What was missing in the PM’s speech was any recognition that independent projections show that child poverty rates are set to soar.

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  • Real terms benefit cut will come down hard on working families and push up child poverty

    September 29, 2014

    Commenting today on Chancellor George Osborne's announcement of a proposed two-year freeze on working-age benefits, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This is bad news for working parents struggling on low wages, already coping with rising living costs and previous benefit cuts. A couple both working full time on the minimum wage are nearly a fifth short of the money they need for basics; another freeze will make it a whole lot harder for them.1 For many of these families a higher income tax threshold will be of little help since what they gain in wages is largely clawed back from their benefits*. Two thirds of poor children have at least one parent working.

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  • Benefit cap will tip more children into poverty

    September 28, 2014

    Responding today to reports that the Government is planning to impose a more severe benefit cap of £23,000 pa per household, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This is likely to increase the headcount of children in poverty in working and non-working families, a move that would surely fail any credible family test. It would also bypass the root causes of higher social security spending which include soaring childcare and housing costs and low pay. Politicians from all parties need to tackle these root problems as a priority rather than ripping away money from families who are struggling every day to pay for absolute basics. "

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  • Child Poverty Action Group criticises child benefit cut

    September 22, 2014

    The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has criticised Labour's decision to cut child benefit for families who have already born the brunt of austerity. The benefit has already lost 14% of its real value in this parliament.

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  • CPAG welcomes government decision on local assistance schemes

    September 16, 2014

    Responding today to the government’s decision to reconsider how to fund local welfare assistance schemes in 2015/16, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “We welcome that the government has recognised the importance of local welfare assistance schemes and has committed to undertake a thorough review and consultation before deciding how the schemes will be funded in future.

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  • Families continue to struggle as cost of a child increases

    August 12, 2014

    Families working full time at the national minimum wage are 18 per cent short of the basic amount needed to provide themselves a minimum standard of living according to the new report ‘The Cost of a Child in 2014’ published today by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). The shortfall for out-of-work families is even more stark, standing at 43 per cent.

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