UK Charity Number: 294841
CPAG RAISES AWARENESS OF THE CAUSES, EXTENT, NATURE AND IMPACT OF POVERTY AS WELL AS STRATEGIES FOR ITS ERADICATION AND PREVENTION. THE ORGANISATION ALSO BRINGS ABOUT POSITIVE POLICY CHANGES FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN IN POVERTY AND ENABLES THOSE ELIGIBLE FOR INCOME MAINTENANCE TO ACCESS THEIR FULL ENTITLEMENT.
The Child Poverty Action Group lobbies for the expansion of the welfare state under the pretext of ending “child poverty”. They have campaigned for free school meals to be given to all children and for benefits to be given to illegal immigrants. They have opposed attempts to cut benefits for people who refuse reasonable offers of work and have opposed proposals to use lie detectors to detect benefit cheats.
“Lobbying is a fundamental part of the Child Poverty Action Group’s work. Through written and oral briefings, we ensure that our message is delivered to decision-makers locally, regionally and nationally.
CPAG will often write briefings for key debates in Parliament and can brief decision-makers and their staff via the telephone and internet.
The charity indulges in the peculiar fantasy that inequality is a bigger problem that poverty and that economics is a zero sum game, as in April 2009 when it joined Save the Children to call for higher welfare payments.
Kate Green, of the Child Poverty Action Group, said that…
“Part of the problem is… many people have seen their prosperity improve over the last 10 years, so we have become a much more unequal country,” she said.
“That is very damaging for the people who just haven’t kept up, and it really is quite wrong morally, and it’s economically very stupid actually, not to make sure that we share the resources more equally and protect those who have least.”
In 2008, the charity received a total income of £2,775,000; of which
- HM revenue and Customs: £142,000
- The Scottish Executive: £338,000
- DCSF & London Councils: £20,000
- Local Government Association: £16,000
- Total £516,000 (18.6% of all income)