Press Releases

  • Miliband proposal on minimum wage would lock fairness into the growing economy

    May 19, 2014

    Responding to the Labour leader Ed Miliband’s announcement today on the minimum wage, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “The inconvenient truth is that for too many families, work isn't a route out of poverty – two-thirds of poor children live in working families.

    “Tackling the UK's low pay problem will reduce the burden on tax credits and housing benefits, freeing up resources to target back to those who need most help.

    “As the economy grows it is only right that everyone shares the benefits including the lowest paid and this would lock fairness into the growing economy.”

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  • Zero-hour contracts are wrong type of growth

    April 30, 2014

    Commenting on new analysis published today by the Office for National Statistics showing the number of zero-hour contract jobs is higher than previously thought, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy, Rights and Advocacy for Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “It’s not enough to look at how much the economy is growing, we need to look at how the economy is changing too. We need a recovery all can share in and which isn’t built on the backs of more working families stuck in low pay or the insecurity of zero-hour contracts.

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  • The Costs of Going to School

    April 22, 2014

    Child Poverty Action Group, the National Union of Teachers, the British Youth Council and Kids Company have jointly released a report on the Costs of Going to School produced by a group of 400 school-aged young people.

    For the full press release, visit the NUT website.

    The report can be downloaded from the top right of this page.

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  • CPAG statement on Universal Credit report by Work & Pensions Committee

    April 8, 2014

    Commenting on the Work & Pensions Committee report on the implementation of  Universal Credit released today, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This is a deeply troubling report for a flagship benefit which in time will support half of all UK children. The timetable is up in the air, the project management has been all over the place, and its ability to help the low paid is in real jeopardy.

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  • IMF warn economic inequality is threat to the economy

    April 8, 2014

    In the new World Economic Outlook published today by the International Monetary Fund, Olivier Blanchard, the IMF’s Economic Counsellor, warns that the effect of inequality on economic progress is set to become a central problem.

    Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “The IMF warning is an important reminder that reducing inequality and ending poverty is essential to a strong economy.

    “We always put children first in family life, and there’s good evidence to suggest that by doing the right thing for Britain’s children we can benefit the economy too.

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  • Budget 2014: Child Poverty Action Group on the impact on families

    March 19, 2014

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

    “Today’s Budget tries to lock-in austerity for millions of low-paid families, poor children, carers and disabled people. Announcing a cap for social security spending without a plan to address the root causes of low pay, high rents and high childcare costs, simply forces the most vulnerable in society to pay the price for inaction.

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  • New analysis highlights child poverty risks of Chancellor’s new spending cap

    March 18, 2014

    New analysis commissioned by Child Poverty Action Group from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at Essex University highlights how the expected budget announcement on capping Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) could drive up UK child poverty rates.

    The ‘AME cap’ will set an annual ceiling on overall spending for working age support through tax credits and benefits for low paid workers, carers, disabled people and single parents.

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  • CPAG welcome announcement on childcare and early years pupil premium investment

    March 18, 2014

    In response to the Government's announcement that 85% of childcare costs will be met in Universal Credit and that there will be a £50 million Early Years Pupil Premium funding for the most disadvantaged three and four year olds, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, said:

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  • Media pre-briefing for Budget 2014

    March 14, 2014

    The media briefing attached at the top right of this page inclueds the following information:

    1)    CPAG priorities for Budget Statement 2014

    2)    Child poverty: the facts

    3)    Living standards in crisis and the economic consequences

    4)    Deficit reduction options and fairness to families

    5)    Autumn Statement letter from CPAG to the Chancellor

    6)    Contact information for quotes and interview requests

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  • Child Poverty strategy proposals need much greater ambition to reverse failures

    February 27, 2014

    Commenting on today’s publication of the government consultation on their new child poverty strategy, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “After a long wait, we’re disappointed to see a list that contains little new, or likely to make a dent in the numbers of children growing up in poverty.

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