Press Releases

  • 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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  • Benefit sanctions report:CPAG response

    March 24, 2015

    In response to the Work & Pensions Committee report on benefit sanctions, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said:

     “This powerful report should be read by everyone who wants to sort out the benefit system’s administrative problems or cut food bank queues.

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  • Our response to latest inflation figures

    March 24, 2015

    In response to the latest inflation figures, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Today’s welcome inflation figures are simply not enough to loosen the big squeeze suffocating family budgets in recent years.

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  • Budget 2015: 'see no poverty, hear no poverty'

    March 18, 2015

    Responding today to the Chancellor’s Budget speech, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

    “The chancellor made claim to a truly national recovery but this is a ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’ Budget which continues to leave children and the low paid behind.

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  • Benefit cap breaches children’s rights, says Supreme Court

    March 18, 2015

    Supreme Court judges have criticised the Government’s benefit cap for breaching international law on the rights of children. However, the Court declined to overturn the controversial policy, leaving the issue to be settled “in the political, rather than the legal arena”.

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  • CPAG responds to mooted child benefit cut

    March 5, 2015


     5th March 2015


    Responding to reports that a three-child limit on child benefit is being considered, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

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