child poverty

Back to the future on childcare

Alison Garnham  |  8 February 2017

Returning childcare provision to market principles would be a retrograde step, writes chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham This week, the Institute of Economic Affairs has argued that the solution to our childcare problems in the United Kingdom is to scrap free early years childcare, tax-free childcare, staff-child ratios and qualification requirements …

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No second chances

Jansev Jemal  |  30 November 2016

The Labour movement is about looking out for the most vulnerable in our society and there is no group more vulnerable than children. They are entirely dependent on the adults around them until they reach an age where they are considered fit and able to lead an independent life. But too often society has failed …

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Improving Children’s Life Chances

Sally Keeble  |  18 October 2016

Britain’s children pay a heavy price for Labour’s fall from power. ‘Improving Children’s Life Chances’, a new book from Child Poverty Action Group, sets out the scale of the crisis, and some policy solutions. We Brits have a terrible record in our treatment of children. Our infant mortality rate is 21st out of a list …

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The big warning in Unicef’s report on child wellbeing

Alison Garnham  |  14 April 2016

Unicef’s analysis of child wellbeing across the developed world, released today, is emphatic that increasing family incomes is a critical tool to boost children’s educational success, health and happiness. In saying this, it is issuing a pretty clear warning to the United Kingdom government that poverty-producing policies will deprive children of happy, healthy and secure …

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Co-invest in people’s futures

Julia Unwin  |  11 April 2016

Tackling the causes of poverty can help to address asset inequality Asset inequality accretes over time: a family’s ability to invest in education and skills, housing, and new enterprises is largely linked to their income from prior earnings or inheritances. The issue is made worse in the United Kingdom through a dysfunctional housing market, where volatility has led to …

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Child poverty measures still at risk

Sam Royston  |  26 January 2016

The government’s plans to scrap the legal duty to accurately and comprehensively monitor the number of children living in low-income families have – thankfully – been firmly rejected by the House of Lords. However, these plans will go back to the Commons and are still at risk of being overturned. The welfare reform and work …

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Pledges for power

Alex Ross-Shaw  |  5 August 2015

The art of opposition is to credibly oppose the government of the day while positioning yourself as a legitimate government-in-waiting. You need costed, credible policies to motivate activists and signpost the future direction of your government, but not so many as to create easy targets for the sitting government to prey on. Liz Kendall’s ‘5 …

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Focus on low paid jobs should be a priority

Frank Soodeen  |  6 July 2015

The warning from the United Kingdoms’s four children’s commissioners that another 1 million children are at risk of poverty, as a result of further cuts, comes at a slightly awkward time for forecasters. Last week’s official data showing that poverty rates, except among disabled adults, remained fairly flat even after five years of austerity surprised …

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We can do so much better on child poverty

Alison Garnham  |  25 June 2015

‘A strong society means moving forward together, no one left behind, fighting relative poverty a central policy goal.’ Well, Child Poverty Action Group would say that, wouldn’t they? In fact, these are the words of David Cameron, less than a decade ago, a day on which he also proclaimed: ‘I want this message to go …

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‘Labour is the party of the family’

Alison McGovern MP  |  10 March 2015

Alison McGovern MP responds to Karin Smyth’s article Beyond the rhetoric Karin Smyth’s piece demonstrates why caring has become so political. As Labour campaigners, we applaud the love and care shown by family carers, and by hardworking parents bringing up their kids. And we know that Labour has to meet the challenge of making sure families have …

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