Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is a UK charity that takes a leading role in campaigning for the abolition of poverty and social exclusion. The main aims of the CPAG are:

  • Raising awareness of the extent, nature and impact of poverty in the UK
  • Bringing about official policy changes for all families with children in poverty
  • Enabling those all those who are eligible for benefits and tax credits to have access to their full entitlement

In order to realise these aims, CPAG:

  • Researches and publishes the latest facts and figures of family and child poverty in the UK
  • Lobbies the UK government and leads and supports campaigns for effective policies to prevent, alleviate and abolish child and family poverty
  • Provides up to date information and reliable advice on the UK social security and tax credits systems
  • Run 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
  • Undertakes test-cases to extend the interpretation of law in favour of claimants using, where appropriate the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights

New Zealand

Child Poverty Action Group (Aotearoa New Zealand), conducts similar work in New Zealand. Led by Susan St. John CPAG New Zealand are as of May 2006 taking the government to court over the Working for Families package.

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