Press Releases

  • Response to NAO progress report on Universal Credit

    November 26, 2014

    Commenting on today’s NAO progress report on Universal Credit, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “It is really disturbing that at this stage the NAO must ask for confirmation of the DWP’s plans for delivering Universal Credit in terms of its cost, timing and how it will work.

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  • Expert online welfare rights service goes live

    November 24, 2014

    The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) today launches an innovative online welfare rights information and advice service for advisers and claimants.

    Ask CPAG Online offers up-to-the-minute, expert information on the big issues affecting benefits and tax credits claimants, as well as tailored email advice for advisers.

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  • Fixing holes in social security support would reduce need for food banks, users’ experience shows

    November 19, 2014

    Gaps in the social security safety net are a key reason why people are turning to food banks, according to the first in-depth study into the personal experiences of recipients of emergency food aid in the UK.

    The findings of the jointly commissioned research published today by Oxfam, Child Poverty Action Group, Church of England and The Trussell Trust, also highlights some relatively simple fixes to the benefit system that could dramatically reduce the number of people who are left with little or no money to put food on the table.

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  • CPAG responds to ESA report

    October 30, 2014

    Commenting on a BBC report today suggesting Government is considering cutting Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Alison Garnham Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said:

     “The proportion of people in absolute poverty in families living with disability has gone up each year since 2009 and now stands at a shocking 22%1. Any cut in support would make it very much harder for families already reeling from austerity blows and would surely fail any credible family test.”

    • 1. Households Below Average Income: An analysis of the income distribution 1994/95 – 2012/13, Jane Carr, Rachel Councell, Mary Higgs, Nancy Singh
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  • Response to Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission

    October 20, 2014

    Responding today to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s recommendation that the legally binding target to end child poverty by 2020 needs to be revised given the failure to make progress, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

    “We have failed a generation of children who are growing up poor but we will fail them a second time if we bury our heads in the sand and pretend that the 2020 targets will now be met.

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  • 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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