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  • Prime Minister's speech to the Conservative Party conference

    10 October 2012

    Prime Minister David Cameron today issued a call to build an 'aspiration nation'  in his keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference.

    In a speech which contained a number of references to social security, the Prime Minister said:

    "Work isn't slavery, it's poverty that is slavery... ...and again it's us, the modern compassionate Conservative party, who are the real champions of fighting poverty in Britain today."

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  • CPAG responds to proposals to limit number of children for whom benefits can be received

    8 October 2012

    Child Poverty Action Group's Chief Executive, Alison Garnham, has spoken out against proposals from George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith that unemployed families should have their benefits capped if they have more children. She said: “With this abhorrent proposal, the Chancellor is saying that some children will be marked out from birth as second class citizens with their lives worth less than others.

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  • Nick Clegg announces 'catch up' premium in his party conference speech

    26 September 2012

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced the creation of a 'catch up' premium to help struggling children in the transition from primary to secondary school. The Liberal Democrat leader, speaking at his party's annual conference, said that from this year an additional £500 will be made available for children leaving primary school below the expected standard in English or Maths.

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  • Why we should help parents with the cost of children

    4 September 2012

    Our new report The Cost of a Child in the Twenty-First Century reveals how life changes profoundly as a result of having children. It’s not simply a case of having to buy a pram, clothes and other child-related items. Parents go out less, prioritise their children’s needs above their own and struggle to find time for themselves. The basic cost of raising children  - £143,000 - has risen faster than inflation. Read on to find out why...

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  • New CPAG report on Cost of a Child

    4 September 2012

    Today we have published new research on the Cost of a Child. It is the first time research has been published to provide a robust anlysis of how much it costs to provide children with a minimum level of participation in society, as well as meeting basic needs like food, clothes and shelter.

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  • Judicial review win on child poverty strategy

    17 July 2012

    The government acted unlawfully in its failure to establish a Child Poverty Commission to advise on its child poverty strategy, the High Court has ruled today in a successful judicial review brought by CPAG.

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  • New A4 benefit rates chart

    17 July 2012

    In response to customer demand we've made our bestselling benefit and tax credit rates poster available in a handy A4 size.

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  • New report - how can the social fund be delivered at a local level?

    29 June 2012

    This new report explains how the social fund, the 'safety net' for many families needing emergency support, will be devolved to local level in 2013. It's a useful resource for local authorities now considering their options for replacement schemes.

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  • Building public support to fight child poverty - how you can help

    22 June 2012

    In a guest blog for CPAG, Katharine Round, director of new film The Spirit Level, argues that an important relationship exists between inequality and child poverty. She suggests that by improving public understanding of the problems caused by economic inequality, we can also help build greater public support for the goals to end UK child poverty on relative and absolute measures.

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  • New report shows children going hungry despite free school meals

    14 June 2012

    The British Youth Council and Child Poverty Action Group published a joint report, Going Hungry? Young people’s experiences of free school meals, on the failure of the free school meals system to reach all children in poverty.

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