Today, Stephen gave the keynote speech at the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) Welfare and Rights Conference near Liverpool Street Station. Stephen discussed the potential impacts of Brexit on social security and covered varied problems with the Government’s flagship welfare reform, Universal Credit.
There are an estimated 14.3 million people living in poverty in the UK today, of which 4.6 million are children. The Child Poverty Rate stands at 34% - significantly above the poverty rate for the whole population.
Speaking after the event, Stephen said: ‘I was delighted to speak at today’s conference and I commend the CPAG for all the important work it does. Tackling child poverty should be a national mission. As the Minister responsible for the Child Poverty Act in 2010, I call on today’s Government to reform the welfare system, fix the many problems with Universal Credit – above all the punitive five week wait – and commit to reducing poverty in all its forms’.
CPAG provides training, advice and information to families who are in need of financial support. They can be contacted on 020 7812 5231 or via email at [email protected]