London families need jobs they can raise a family on

October 20, 2011

In response to the publication of the London Poverty Profile published today by the Trust for London, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said:

“This valuable, in-depth report is the latest to spell out the extent and the depth of poverty facing London’s children.

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CPAG response to inflation rise

October 18, 2011

In response to the higher than anticipated inflation figures for September published today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said:

“Caught between the spiralling cost of essentials and a fall in the real value of benefits, it is low income families who are truly feeling the squeeze.

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Court rules to allow discriminatory impacts of Housing Benefit cuts

October 13, 2011

The High Court of Justice has today passed down judgment in favour of the Government in a Judicial Review brought by Child Poverty Action Group. The review concerned two specific cuts to housing benefit that came into force this April:

  • Restriction of maximum household size to four bedrooms
  • Caps on the amount of Housing Benefit a household can receive

Child Poverty Action Group’s case in support of disadvantaged families against the Government was:

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Government must act urgently on devastating child poverty warning

October 11, 2011

In response to the publication of a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which projects child poverty to rise by 800,000 children as a result of the Government’s policies, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“This devastating report leaves the Government’s child poverty and social mobility strategies in jeopardy. The Government has to stop pretending you can fight poverty or improve life chances by making the poor poorer.

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CPAG response to PM's party conference speech

October 5, 2011

In response to David Cameron’s party conference speech, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“There was a child poverty-sized hole in this speech. The Prime Minister said his party would lift the poorest up but his speech completely ignores the fact that as a result of his government’s policies child poverty will rise significantly and is totally silent on what the government plans to do to meet the 2020 child poverty target by helping struggling low-income families.

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Legal Aid – benefits advice reduces poverty amongst disabled children

August 2011

This short briefing explains how removing legal aid for welfare benefits advice will increase already high levels of poverty amongst disabled children and adults.

'Mini-jobs' for lone parents?

Issue 128 (Autumn 2007)

Juggling work and childcare is the big conundrum of being a lone parent. But as the Government increasingly promotes work as the best way out of poverty, lone parents have little to choose from. Now however, new research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that working in a so-called 'mini-job' for under 16 hours a week could be the way to bring lone parents gradually back into full-time employment while also allowing them to adjust their childcare needs. But are the advantages to lone parents real ones? What happens once benefit cuts are taken into account? Kate Bell considers the different options, as well as whether the strategy could contribute to achieving the Government's target of halving child poverty for 2010.

Child poverty and party politics: what hopes of a consensus?

Issue 128 (Autumn 2007)

All the main parties agree that child poverty must be eradicated. But recent reports reveal a lack of common ground on the right level of state intervention. Lisa Harker analyses the different political approaches.

Poverty and 'place': does locality make a difference?

Issue 128 (Autumn 2007)

It’s easy to view poverty as an all-encompassing and uniform experience. However, the reality of poverty varies from place to place. Carol-Ann Hooper, Sarah Gorin, Christie Cabral and Claire Dyson present new research that highlights the impact that community context has upon families living in poverty.

Poverty and the child's world: assessing children's needs

Issue 129 (Winter 2008)

Poverty in a child’s life is the result of specific social and economic circumstances, which are always interrelated and complex. However, frontline workers are often unaware of the causes and consequences of poverty. Owen Gill and Gordon Jack argue the case for exploring children’s living environments to articulate more holistic approaches to the fight against poverty.