Alison Garnham
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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.

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

(9) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Writing in the Guardian's Comment is Free to launch the government's new Child Poverty Strategy, Iain Duncan Smith and George Osborne talked about 'measures that recognise the root causes of poverty: entrenched worklessness, family breakdown, problem debt, drug and alcohol dependency'. This is, undeniably, a list of bad...

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New Child Poverty Strategy Is Last Chance for Coalition to Show It's Serious About Ending Child Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 11:28 AM

The coalition government has repeatedly embraced its legal commitment to end child poverty by 2020. As part of this, it needs to publish a second national Child Poverty Strategy (CPS) by early April. The delays in getting out a draft - initially expected before Christmas, but now expected later this...

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Failing Child Poverty Strategy Needs Revamp

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 5:49 AM

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...

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Budget 2013: Children Left in the Firing Line

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 7:21 AM

The Chancellor said he wanted to help people looking to work hard and aspiring to get on, but even the hardest working families will have very few reasons to cheer and plenty to fear from yesterday's budget statement.

The focus on cost of living issues was both expected...

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Ending Child Poverty or Re-defining It?

(6) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 6:00 PM

We've come a long way on child poverty since Tony Blair announced in 1999 the historic mission to eradicated child poverty in a generation. Relative child poverty has been reduced by 1.1 million children, and absolute child poverty by two million children.

Progress continued all the way to 2010,...

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The Beveridge Legacy

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 4:51 AM

Never mind the competing claims of the main political parties, today's BBC poll shows that the true believers in the approach set out by Sir William Beveridge in his famous report 70 years ago are actually the British public.

In many ways this is remarkable. Newspapers exposing...

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New Tax Rules on Child Benefit for High Earners are a Complicated, Unfair and Unworkable 'Child Tax'

(5) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Do you understand the government's complicated child benefit policy for high earners? Here's something that may surprise you: every family - no matter how much a parent earns - will remain entitled to continue claiming and receiving child benefit. Everyone!

The policy that begins on 7 January 2013 for...

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