Child Poverty

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4 million children - one in three - are currently living in poverty in the UK, one of the highest rates in the industrialised world. This is a shocking figure given the wealth of our nation.
The goal of the Campaign to End Child Poverty is simple - to eradicate child poverty in the UK - and our aims are clear.

  • Inform the public about the causes and effects of child poverty;
  • Forge commitment between, and across, the public, private and voluntary sectors to end child poverty by 2020;
  • Promote the case for ending child poverty by 2020 with this and every future Government.

Action is needed now!
Together with all our supporters, we are demanding the Government invests the necessary resources and policy changes to deliver on its promise to all children to eradicate child poverty in the UK by 2020.
The TUC are fully behind the campaign and we you will too.
Go to their website to learn more.

A TUC briefing on the Bill that effectively aims to abolish the Child Poverty Act.
31 July 2015
Commenting on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, which receives its Second Reading in the House of Commons today (Monday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The government has finally listened to trade unions that wages should be higher. But that doesn’t justify the cruel and unnecessary cuts to tax...
20 July 2015
Commenting on the Summer Budget analysis published today (Thursday) by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which confirms that the Budget is highly regressive, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “A higher minimum wage will bring gains for some, but for many working families the Budget is a wolf in sheep’s...
09 July 2015
"Reforms to Universal Credit" is a new report, published by the TUC and the Child Poverty Action Group, showing that far more child could be lifted out of poverty by enhancing Universal Credit instead of raising the income tax threshold - and at a fraction of the cost. The report,...
06 July 2015
New research published today (Saturday) by the TUC and Child Poverty Action Group finds that much bigger reductions to child poverty could be achieved by channelling support through Universal Credit instead of raising the income tax threshold. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The government is right to think about...
04 July 2015
The announcement today (Wednesday) by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith that current targets and duties in the Child Poverty Act will be scrapped is a u-turn from the Prime Minister’s previous commitments, says the TUC. In response to today’s announcement, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This announcement...
01 July 2015
The government’s decision to freeze child benefit until 2018 will cost the UK’s 3.9 million households with two or more children who claim the benefit more than £2,000 by the next election – regardless of any further cuts still to be announced in the Budget – a TUC report reveals today (Monday).
29 June 2015
Commenting on the latest Household Below Average Income data published today (Thursday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which show that absolute poverty rates for adults and children are still above their pre-recession level, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Despite the headline employment rate returning to its pre-recession...
25 June 2015
Responding to the Queen’s Speech today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Working people will be worried by a Queen’s Speech that declares open season on so many of their rights and protections.
27 May 2015
The publication today (Tuesday) of analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) of tax and benefit proposals by the main parties shows how severe and painful the impacts will be of extreme Conservative cuts for low-paid families with children, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The...
28 April 2015

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