The Child Poverty Act, and the targets to end child poverty by 2020 it enshrines, seem to be under attack from all sides. The latest sally comes in an article by IPPR Director Nick Pearce, headlined ‘Labour must drop its child poverty target and find another way’.
Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, warns that after years of steadily catching up on our European neighbours, the wellbeing of our children now looks set to fall behind as a result of the government's austerity policies.
Ministers turned on charities and faith groups this week to discredit concerns over their welfare reforms. They know they cannot sustain public support when welfare myths are simply not based in fact.
Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group has given her response to the findings of the Poverty and Social Exclusion report released today.
CPAG: “The Chancellor described it as a budget for families with children looking to work hard and aspiring to get on, but most low income families have very few reasons to be cheerful and plenty to be fearful. Child poverty is set to increase by 600,000 children during the Coalition’s time in office, and there is nothing much in the Budget that will change this course." Read on.
To help with your reporting on tomorrow’s Budget Statement and its impact on families and UK child poverty rates, Child Poverty Action Group has produced the attached briefing.
Responding to the government’s announcement that they will cover up to 85 per cent of childcare costs for some low-income families eligible for universal credit (UC) from April 2016, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said:
New analysis for Child Poverty Action Group by Landman Economics has found that an increase of 600,000 children in absolute child poverty is likely between 2010 and 2015.
The Department for Work and Pensions has issued an ‘urgent bulletin’ today announcing that the Secretary of State has decided to drop his pursuit of an appeal at the Supreme Court on a case he had lost at the Court of Appeal.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Regulations under which some of the Government’s “Back to Work” schemes have been created are unlawful and must be quashed. See previous CPAG articles on Sanction Busting and Sanction Busting part 2.
The Campaign to End Child Poverty has today published new figures that provide a child poverty map of the whole of the UK. The figures are broken down by parliamentary constituency, local authority and ward.
Commenting on Ed Miliband’s speech today on the economy and living standards, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The austerity agenda is hurting, but it’s not working. We’re standing on the brink of a disastrous surge in child poverty, which will come at great social and economic cost if we let it happen. So we welcome a fresh debate on how the wealthiest can make a fairer contribution, because right now it is families with children who are being made to carry the greatest burden, despite not being the cause of our economic crisis."
A speech today on the causes of child poverty by Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, made no mention of his department’s evidence that in-work problems like low wages and low hours are a factor in the majority of child poverty cases. Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:
The government has revealed in answer to a parliamentary question that 200,000 children will be pushed into relative income poverty by its bill to cut social security benefits and tax credits in real terms. This results from a restriction of annual uprating to just 1%, which is below inflation.
This week-long course is aimed at advisers, social workers, probation workers, health and housing workers and others new to welfare benefit advice work. This course is designed to give participants an understanding of the structure of the benefit and tax credit system, ability to identify the issues that may affect entitlement and an appreciation of the importance of advice and advocacy. The emphasis is on tackling benefit questions through case studies, including how to calculate entitlements, and providing participants with the chance to practise using CPAG’s Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook.
A new report published today by Child Poverty Action Group, with contributions from a range of experts, reveals that the government’s welfare benefit uprating legislation is based on bogus claims and is a poverty-producing bill that will further exclude the poorest workers, jobseekers, carers and disabled people from the mainstream of society.
Commenting in response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said:
Today's Autumn Statement by the Chancellor is expected to contain a number of announcements affecting low income families. CPAG is caling on the Chancellor not to short-change 'strivers' or to make the poor pay for missed growth. You can read our media statement here.