Holyrood vote "hugely welcome step in fight to end child poverty," say campaigners

November 8, 2017

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland today (8/11/17) welcomed a unanimous Scottish Parliament vote putting ambitious targets to eradicate child poverty in law. The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act requires Scottish Ministers to meet four income based child poverty targets by 2030 as well as set out and report on the actions they will take to meet those targets. For the first time local authorities and health boards in Scotland will also have a duty to produce local child poverty action reports.

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Holyrood vote "hugely welcome step in fight to end child poverty," say campaigners

8 November 2017

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland today (8/11/17) welcomed a unanimous Scottish Parliament vote putting ambitious targets to eradicate child poverty in law.

The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act requires Scottish Ministers to meet four income based child poverty targets by 2030 as well as set out and report on the actions they will take to meet those targets. For the first time local authorities and health boards in Scotland will also have a duty to produce local child poverty action reports.

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The Austerity Generation: promise of greater rewards from work broken under Universal Credit as families with children hardest hit by cuts

6 November 2017

The promise of greater rewards from work made to working families has been broken as a result of cuts to Universal Credit and tax credits, with losses reaching thousands of pounds in many cases, new analysis by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows.

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THE AUSTERITY GENERATION: PROMISE OF GREATER REWARDS FROM WORK BROKEN UNDER UNIVERSAL CREDIT AS FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN HARDEST HIT BY CUTS

November 6, 2017

The promise of greater rewards from work made to working families has been broken as a result of cuts to Universal Credit and tax credits, with losses reaching thousands of pounds in many cases, new analysis by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows.
 
‘The Austerity Generation’ reveals that the cuts to Universal Credit (UC) will put 1 million more children into poverty – which means the long term impact of austerity policies will be felt for many years to come by the UK economy and society more generally. The report also finds that families already at greater risk of poverty – including lone parents, families with very young children, larger families and those with a disability – will be especially hard-hit by a decade of cuts to the incomes of families with children.
 

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Briefing Note for Stage Three - Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill

November 2017

This briefing note sets out CPAG in Scotland's strong support for the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill which introduces child poverty reduction targets which must be reached by 2030.

Britain Works

Work has been the biggest anti-poverty policy of recent decades, with support delivered under banners of ‘making work pay’, and calls for people to ‘work their way out of poverty’. However, people living in poverty are increasingly likely to be working. The UK’s wage fall since the 2008 financial crisis has been unmatched by any other large economy. This will be exacerbated by the Universal Credit roll out. Families are being pushed into financial hardship and work incentives damaged, particularly for second earners, single parents and those moving into self-employment.

POLL FINDS BRITAIN WANTS TO WORK

November 2, 2017

Low and middle-income parents want to work, want permanent jobs with a sense of purpose and put a premium on job security - but inadequate pay, a lack of affordable childcare and poor opportunities for progression are holding them back, a survey by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Working Families finds. [1]

More than two fifths (43%) of part-time workers want to work more hours but are prevented from doing so (see below).

And working parents want permanent jobs (71%).

The UK unemployment rate currently stands at 4.3%, the lowest since 1975 (2).

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Twenty-first century working welfare: the experiences of lone mothers and their children

Issue 158 (Autumn 2017)

‘A welfare system that recognises work is the best route out of poverty.’

‘The best route out of poverty is through work.’