The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger inquiry on hunger amongst children during the school holidays

March 2017

The school holidays can be a challenging time for many parents, particularly those on low incomes. They can lead to increased pressures on parents’ time and financial resources – including the need to find the money for extra food for their children.

Is rising child poverty a price worth paying to protect our children?


Today’s awful figures tells us several things. Child poverty is high. It’s rising – it’s jumped to 4 million. Two thirds of poor children come from working families. But perhaps the main lesson to take away is that we need to call time on the unfathomable Whitehall orthodoxy, driven by George Osborne but still in place under Theresa May, that rising child poverty is a price worth paying to protect our children.

Immediate action needed as official figures show increase in child poverty in Scotland

March 16, 2017

• Child poverty up to 4 million across the UK

• Key driver is UK government cuts to family benefits, say campaigners

Campaigners today urged the Scottish Government to redouble its efforts and use all the powers at its disposal to boost family incomes as official figures revealed that over 1 in 4 children in Scotland are now living in poverty. (1) Across the UK, child poverty jumped to 4 million. (2)

The latest statistics show that 260,000 children (26%) are living in poverty in Scotland compared to 220,000 (22%) in the previous year.

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16 March 2017

The Government's annual statistics show child poverty has risen by 100,00 to 4 million, a level we haven't seen since 2007- 08.  The number of poor children in working families is up (to 67%) and approaching half (47%) of lone parent's children are poor...

See Media Centre for CPAG's press release on today's figures........

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March 16, 2017


o Child poverty up to 4 million

o 100,000 more children went into poverty in 2015-16 after housing costs

o 67% of poor children are in working families

o Self-employed couples with children have a 30% risk of poverty

o 47% of lone parents’ children are poor

o London remains the area with the highest child poverty rate – at 37% (after housing costs) . But excluding housing costs, West Midlands and Northern Ireland have the highest child poverty rates regionally, each at 23%

o The IFS projects the number of children in relative poverty will rise by 1.2 million to 5.1 million by 2021-22 due to real-terms cuts in tax credits and work allowances. (1)


Responding to the Government’s annual poverty statistics which are published today (2) and show an increase in child poverty for the second year running, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

 “Today’s figures show that child poverty has increased to 4 million, a level we haven’t seen since 2007-8. The number of poor children in working families has reached 67%. The Prime Minister spoke about injustice on entering Downing Street but there is no greater burning injustice than children being forced into poverty as a result of government policy and no greater damage to our long term prosperity than failing to invest in our children.

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Why this week's child poverty figures help explain last's budget


For a Prime Minister who walked into Downing Street decrying the ‘burning injustice’ of poverty and contrasting the opportunities available to some children but not others, there was a disappointing omission in last week’s budget: child poverty.


8 March 2017

The Budget used new language but was silent on projected increases in child poverty and left families highly exposed to rising costs, stagnating pay and benefit cuts

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March 8, 2017

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

“The Budget may have put the next generation first in words, but it was silent on the huge rises in child poverty projected by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (1) over the next five years. Nothing does more to damage the childhoods and life chances of our children than poverty.

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CPAG launches new universal credit email advice service

7 March 2017

CPAG has launched a new universal credit email advice service for advisers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The service is designed to supplement our Handbooks, telephone advice service and online information provided on our website through Ask CPAG. It will also provide us with case examples of problem areas which we can use in our policy and campaigns work. 

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Broken promises: What has happened to support for low-income working families under universal credit


Today’s Guardian covered new analysis by CPAG and IPPR on the impact of cuts to universal credit. This analysis shows that universal credit cuts will hit families with children hardest, and will be poverty-producing to the tune of around a million children (comparing universal credit as originally designed with its current form).