• CPAG: Coalition policies to push 600,000 children into absolute poverty by 2015

    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.

  • Child Poverty Action Group: DWP drops Supreme Court appeal over disabled children ‘bedroom tax’

    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.

  • CPAG: Court of Appeal strikes down Work Programme Regulations

    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.

  • CPAG: Child Poverty Map of the UK report published by Campaign to End Child Poverty

    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.

  • CPAG: Fresh debate needed on making the economy fair

    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."

  • CPAG: Government must not airbrush poverty pay out of the picture

    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:

  • CPAG: Child poverty strategy in disarray from poverty-producing bill

    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.

  • CPAG: Introduction to welfare rights

    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.

  • CPAG: ‘Double Lockout Bill’ cuts real support for workers and jobseekers by 4%

    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.

  • CPAG: Autumn Statement: New cuts hit children in working and out of work families

    Commenting in response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said:

  • CPAG: Autumn Statement: No short-changing of strivers or making poor pay for missed growth

    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.

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