Child Poverty Action Group

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Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is a UK charity that works to alleviate poverty and social exclusion.

The stated aims of the CPAG are:[1]

  • Raise awareness of the causes, extent, nature and impact of poverty, and strategies for its eradication and prevention;
  • Bring about positive policy changes for families with children in poverty;
  • Enable those eligible for income maintenance to have access to their full entitlement.

CPAG programs include:

  • Research and publish the latest facts and figures of family and child poverty in the UK[2]
  • Lobby the UK government, lead and support campaigns for effective policies to prevent, alleviate and abolish child and family poverty[3]
  • Provide up to date information and reliable advice on the UK social security and tax credits systems[4]
  • Conduct training courses in Welfare Rights, for both new and experienced advisers, to help them keep up to date with developments in social security and tax credits[5]
  • Undertake test-cases to extend the interpretation of law in favour of claimants in social security, tax credits and related law using, where appropriate the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights.[6]

History[edit]

The Group first met on 5th March 1965. Brian Abel-Smith was one of the founders. At the second meeting one of the points raised was "That although increased family allowance might be the simplest and most equitable way of overcoming the poverty of large families, there was likely to be considerable difficulties in bringing about a change of this kind, partly because of the fear that this would tend to encourage people to have large families."

One of its first actions was to send a letter to the Prime Minister on 22nd December 1965, with a number of very distinguished signatories, saying "The signatories of this letter would probably not all agree on the precise details of a scheme for reform: we are agreed, however, that action should be taken to achieve a radical improvement in the standard of living of families in poverty and we wish to bring this memorandum to your attention. We ask that the present arrangements for family allowances and the allowances for children be reconsidered and revised, and that bigger direct allowances be paid in respect of children in the poorest families."[7]

Tony Lynes was the first full-time secretary of the Group in 1966. Frank Field was Director of the Group from 1969-79

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Child Poverty Action Group". cpag.org.uk. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Wildy & Sons Ltd — The World’s Legal Bookshop : Social Security and Welfare Law". wildy.com. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "FT.com / UK / Economy & Trade - Benefit cut threatens child poverty target". ft.com. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Wildy & Sons Ltd — The World’s Legal Bookshop : Social Security and Welfare Law". wildy.com. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ "CPAG Welfare Rights Training Courses Listing". cpag.org.uk. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Government cannot reclaim on overpaid benefits- new Appeal Court ruling". debtwizard.com. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Letter to the Prime Minsister". CPAG. 22 December 1965. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 

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