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Alison Garnham

Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)

Alison Garnham is Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

She was previously the CEO of Daycare Trust, Director of Policy, Research and Information at One Parent Families. Before and a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of North London (now London Metropolitan University) where she has also been an Honorary Research Fellow. She was a Trustee and Honorary Officer of the End Child Poverty Campaign, is a parent-governor at her son’s primary school and a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee.

Why Iain Duncan Smith and George Osborne Are Wrong on Child Poverty

Child poverty costs this country £29billion a year, and will rise to £35billion by 2020 if the projections prove accurate. Other countries are doing far better on the existing - internationally recognised - measures. It's not the child poverty targets that are 'discredited', but the government's approach to meeting them.
28/02/2014 16:51 GMT

Failing Child Poverty Strategy Needs Revamp

We have waited a long time for it, so it's good to see the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission publish its first progress report today. Mandated to assess how the government is doing in reducing child poverty and increasing social mobility, the report aims to provide a 'state of the nation' account of how the UK fairs.
18/10/2013 11:50 BST

Budget 2013: Children Left in the Firing Line

The Chancellor's call for an "aspiration nation" yesterday sat awkwardly with a budget that did nothing to raise hopes for families and ignored the inconvenient but basic truth that rising child poverty kills aspiration and opportunity.
21/03/2013 11:49 GMT

Ending Child Poverty or Re-defining It?

There has been a great deal of misleading commentary about the Child Poverty Act framework in the last few months. First of all, many make the mistake of thinking there is only one target and the targets are only about income, but as anyone can read in sections one to seven of the Act, this is completely untrue.
17/02/2013 22:00 GMT

The Beveridge Legacy

Beveridge pointed the way to mutual support and pooling risk - principles we should return to if we truly intend to be all in it together.
27/11/2012 14:03 GMT