child poverty

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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Labour must renew the pledge to end child poverty

Andrew Harrop  |  25 February 2015

1999 is in the headlines today, with news that the stock market has finally surpassed its dot-com peak. But a new Fabian Society report looks back to another key moment in 1999: Tony Blair’s historic pledge to end child poverty within 20 years. Action on child poverty was a top priority in the 11 years …

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Parents need a Labour government

Alison McGovern MP  |  6 February 2015

Before Christmas, I wrote for Progress about embarking on my tour of 25 constituencies across the country to promote Labour’s exciting and transformative policy of offering 25 hours of free childcare each week for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds. This week, I have passed a major milestone with a trip to the …

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No surprise child poverty is on the up

Alison Garnham  |  23 January 2015

In 2010, the prime minister and the deputy prime minister acknowledged ‘difficult decisions will have to be taken in the months and years ahead’, but promised the coalition would ‘ensure that fairness is at the heart of those decisions so that all those most in need are protected’. Five years later the Institute for Fiscal …

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Meeting a historic mission

The Progressive  |  11 December 2014

What bores the Conservative party can stir Labour once more ‘All we hear from [Labour] is poverty, poverty, poverty – la, la, la … It is just boring for Conservative members.’ So once said Liam Fox, outlining the fundamental difference between the two mainstream parties and reminding us of Labour’s historic mission to ensure that …

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Foodbanks will remain until we tackle inequality

Wes Streeting MP  |  8 December 2014

Ministers are in denial about the impact their policies are having on hunger and poverty in Britain. There are now over 400 Trussell Trust food banks in operation across Britain and countless independent providers besides. Feeding Britain – the report by the all party parliamentary inquiry into hunger in Britain, led by Frank Field MP …

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If not Labour, then who?

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  12 November 2014

‘There’s a disjunction,’ Alan Milburn tells Adam Harrison and Richard Angell, ‘between the end we’re wishing for – the eradication of child poverty – and the means that we’re prepared to deploy’ It is in the rarefied environment of the library at 61 Whitehall, a grand, galleried room on the site of Henry VIII’s former …

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Rise of the middle earner muddle

Victoria Silver  |  11 November 2014

Today’s economy, while growing, is doing very little to push people out of low pay. Add to this the fact that, according to a BritainThinks poll, many Londoners class themselves as ‘outsiders’, struggling to succeed and believing that owning a home is a pipe dream. You can therefore see why speakers at last week’s Progress …

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Ignoring the crisis of the young will cost Labour dearly

Rich Durber  |  30 October 2014

Last week Alan Milburn, chair of the government’s commission on social mobility and child poverty, delivered his final report before the general election showing that the under-30s risk being priced out of society, while this week Unicef published figures revealing that the number of children in poverty in the United Kingdom has risen to over …

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