50 Messages

Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
January 26, 2021 at 9:56 AM

Putting children at the heart

Hello John We’re part of the End Child Poverty coalition, which brings together lots of organisations with the ambition of ending child poverty. We all want to see a plan to end child poverty. The pandemic has made everyone more aware of just how precarious life is for children in low-income fami…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
January 8, 2021 at 10:45 AM

Sending a video with my best wishes for 2021

Dear John 2020 has been challenging like no other year. Before we leave it behind, please do take a look at what your support has helped achieve. Together we won financial support for bereaved children and secured £63 million for local welfare assistance in England.  …
Sophie at CPAG · [email protected]
December 21, 2020 at 8:59 AM

"There should never be a moment when someone is left with nothing"

Dear John, Nearly one in three children are growing up in poverty today and the numbers will grow without action. Will you help us create a secure future for children and families? Please donate today. Since March, my colleagues and I have been hearing cases from …
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
December 17, 2020 at 10:40 AM

CPAG e-card for your friends and family

Hello John Please accept this small token of appreciation for all you have done to stand with us during this very difficult year. You can send these beautiful watercolour e-cards to all your friends and family and personalise your seasonal message.    And it is a small way to share your concern t…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
December 5, 2020 at 10:45 AM

2020 Vision event and Guardian news

View this newsletter online News from CPAG 2020 Vision – ending child poverty for good When we look back on 2020, it will almost certainly be as the year of coronavirus. It was, of course, supposed to be a milestone year for more positive reasons: it was supposed to be…
Sophie at CPAG · [email protected]
December 4, 2020 at 2:24 PM

“Losing your job is one thing... if it's you and your kids, it's horrific”

Dear John, This has been a challenging year for every single one of us. We have been angry and devastated to hear about children missing school meals and families turning to food banks for help. How can this be happening in a wealthy country with a benefit system d…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
November 9, 2020 at 3:40 PM

Progress, but now we need a plan

Hello John You can’t have missed the phenomenal campaigning from footballer Marcus Rashford to tackle hunger during the school holidays. You may even have signed his petition. He has united the country behind the need to end child poverty, and the government is starting to listen.  Yesterday the …
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
October 30, 2020 at 2:19 PM

Free school meals

View this newsletter online News from CPAG Free school meals Few can have missed the phenomenal campaigning from footballer Marcus Rashford to tackle hunger during the school holidays. Although the Westminster government has not extended the free school meals programme…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
October 14, 2020 at 2:34 PM

Time for a plan to end child poverty

Hello John We’re part of the End Child Poverty coalition, which brings together different organisations to campaign with one goal: to end child poverty.   You may have seen that the coalition has released new local child poverty statistics today and they show the high levels of child poverty even…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
September 21, 2020 at 4:33 PM

CPAG newsletter correction: Child benefit needs a boost

View this newsletter online Apologies for filling your inboxes. We are re-sending this newsletter as the original version contained an error. News from CPAG Child benefit needs a boost With many children going back to school this month, families have faced significant …
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
September 21, 2020 at 2:19 PM

CPAG newsletter: Child benefit needs a boost

View this newsletter online News from CPAG Child benefit needs a boost With many children going back to school this month, families have faced significant extra costs - from new uniforms to stationery and other items that can no longer be shared because of COVID-19. Da…
Ruth Lister, CPAG President · [email protected]
September 7, 2020 at 9:16 AM

Pass on something wonderful

Dear John, I know many of us have recently been reflecting on the things that matter the most – family, friends and causes close to our hearts. From the early days in 1971 when I joined the organisation to the present day, CPAG has always been fearless in speakin…
Kelly-Marie Jones · [email protected]
September 2, 2020 at 1:17 PM

“No battle is too big when striving for fairness and equality”

Dear John, I wrote to you last week to tell you about Claire, a 29-year-old single mum, who found herself at the mercy of the ‘beast’ that is Universal Credit.  Everything was going well for Claire back in 2018. She had succeeded in securing a job with her local co…
Kelly-Marie Jones · [email protected]
August 25, 2020 at 6:03 PM

“I was left with no choice but to find support in a food bank"

Dear John, Imagine turning down a promotion because doing so means you will have to turn to a food bank.  Imagine having to give up your dream job, because having it means you won’t be able to pay your gas and electricity bills.  This may sound irrational, unfair, …
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
August 7, 2020 at 12:31 PM

CPAG newsletter: Covid Realities

View this newsletter online News from CPAG Covid Realities We're part of a new project with the Universities of York and Birmingham, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, which aims to understand what life is like in the pandemic for low-income families. Are …
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
July 20, 2020 at 4:09 PM

Mum wins in High Court

Hello John We’ve had a positive start to the week with the news that another one of our legal cases has been successful in the High Court. The case featured Sharon Pantellerisco, a mum who had a job working 16 hours a week for the 'national living wage'. This would normally mean Sharon wasn’t s…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
July 17, 2020 at 9:17 AM

“We sit in the dark at night...”

Good morning John Today, I want to draw your attention to the two-child limit – a social security policy which restricts support for children in universal credit and tax credits. You may well know people affected by the policy, or be affected yourself, particularly since coronavirus and lockdow…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
June 26, 2020 at 1:25 PM

CPAG newsletter: learning in lockdown

View this newsletter online News from CPAG Good legal news We're pleased to be able to open this newsletter with some good news.  On Monday we won our case in the Court of Appeal that involved four single working mothers whose regular monthly pay dates for their wages …
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
May 12, 2020 at 3:00 PM

Some good news

Good afternoon John In the midst of a very difficult time for very many of us across the UK, we’re pleased to be able to share a bit of good news with you. As you’ll know, when we can't resolve injustices in our social security system another way we sometimes take strategic test cases to protect …
All of us at CPAG · [email protected]
May 5, 2020 at 8:57 AM

We want to give back to you...

Hi John Today is #GivingTuesdayNow. We often ask for your support to help us in our mission to end child poverty and, rather than ask again, we thought we’d turn the day on its head and show you what your support is making possible instead. We understand how diffic…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
May 4, 2020 at 4:27 PM

CPAG newsletter: coronavirus and families

View this newsletter online News from CPAG Coronavirus We welcome the financial support the government has made available during the coronavirus crisis, but children have been left out. Many families with children are struggling to make ends meet. We are: pushing for …
Alice at CPAG · [email protected]
April 23, 2020 at 12:01 PM

Take on the 2.6 challenge for CPAG

Good afternoon John We hope you and yours are well. The coronavirus crisis has meant that thousands of fundraising events have been cancelled or postponed, including the London Marathon which was due to take place this Sunday 26 April. In response, the organisers of the biggest sports events a…
Owen Stevens · [email protected]
April 9, 2020 at 4:22 PM

"I've never been in arrears... this is my first time on Universal Credit"

Dear John, I hope you and yours are keeping well.  I wrote to you last week about Grace and Jennifer and their struggle to get the support they needed. Thanks to CPAG, Grace’s Disability Living Allowance was moved to a higher rate so they can go back to living life…
Owen Stevens · [email protected]
March 31, 2020 at 9:08 AM

“Every week there used to be food in my fridge. Now, I have to wait the whole month for it.”

Dear John,, During this very challenging and uncertain time for us all, I wanted to share with you what so many are facing.  As more families look for much-needed help, they will face the same challenges as so many already have since the introduction of Universal C…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
March 26, 2020 at 7:19 PM

More children in poverty

Good evening John I hope you and yours are safe and well. Today, the government released the annual poverty statistics: 4.2 million children in relative poverty after their housing costs had been accounted for in 2018/19. That's up from 4.1 million. I know this will be of great concern to you - i…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
March 19, 2020 at 3:03 PM

Supporting families during COVID-19 pandemic

Hello John I hope you are keeping well. This is a very challenging and uncertain time for all of us, and I know how much you, as a CPAG supporter, care about children and families living in poverty. I want to share with you what we at CPAG are doing to support families. For low-income families, …
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
February 10, 2020 at 11:54 AM

CPAG newsletter: the Cost of the School Day

View this newsletter online News from CPAG The Cost of the School Day expands At the end of January, we announced the UK-wide expansion of our project to tackle poverty-related barriers and stigma in schools. The UK Cost of the School Day will support pupils and school…
Kate at CPAG · [email protected]
January 28, 2020 at 5:33 PM

Helping all children thrive at school

Good afternoon John We are delighted to announce the launch of our project to tackle poverty-related barriers and stigma in schools. The new UK Cost of the School Day project will support pupils and school communities over the next three years to reduce financial barriers around school trips, uni…
Alison at CPAG · [email protected]
January 6, 2020 at 10:24 AM

Sending best wishes for 2020

Thank you for all your support in 2019. You can see our review of the year here. We are looking forward to a successful year ahead and, although 2020 has arrived without reaching the twenty-year target to end child poverty, we are looking to the future and developing a…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
December 16, 2019 at 1:47 PM

CPAG and the new parliament

Good afternoon John Thank you to everyone who wrote to their candidates in the run up to the General Election to raise the issue of child poverty. It came up in a number of debates and interviews so you definitely helped keep it on the agenda. We are now making plans for engaging with Members of …
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
December 11, 2019 at 11:02 AM

A small gift to say thank you

Hello John To celebrate the festive season, please accept this small token of appreciation for all you have done to stand with us this year. You can send these beautiful watercolour e-cards to all your friends and family and personalise your seasonal message.    And, it is a small way to share yo…
Martin at CPAG · [email protected]
December 6, 2019 at 2:11 PM

"I won't eat for three days sometimes"

Hello John I recently shared the heart-warming news about Karen and her son Paul, who are among the 70,000 people who benefitted from the successful legal action we took on behalf of a disabled person left with inadequate support due to a government error. Your generosity mak…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
December 3, 2019 at 1:17 PM

CPAG newsletter: action on child poverty

View this newsletter online News from CPAG General election 2019 This election period, we want all candidates from all parties to make a commitment to tackle child poverty. If child poverty is important to you, it should be important to your candidates too. You can hel…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
November 29, 2019 at 1:25 PM

Children at the heart of the election

Hello John Today we’ve joined with over 140 organisations to ask all parties to prioritise children this election. Child poverty is a huge issue, and all parties need to commit to tackling it. If you haven’t already, please write to your candidates using our simple online tool.   We have written …
Martin at CPAG · [email protected]
November 28, 2019 at 2:46 PM

This giving season, I want to say thank you

Dear John I want to share the touching story of Karen and her son Paul, who thanks to your support, will have a joyful festive season. Karen and her son, who has Downs syndrome, are among the 70,000 people who benefitted from the legal action we took on behalf of a disabled p…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
November 21, 2019 at 3:11 PM

Asking election candidates to focus on child poverty

Hello John We know there are lots of issues being discussed in this election, but if tackling child poverty is important to you it should be important to your candidates too. We have written a manifesto outlining our priorities for the next government so that we can reduce and end child poverty. …
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
November 1, 2019 at 12:32 PM

CPAG newsletter: Putting children at the heart of the election

View this newsletter online News from CPAG Children at the heart of the election  This election period, we want all candidates from all parties to make a commitment to tackle child poverty. We've put together the big things we're calling for from the next government in a…
Alan Thackrey, CPAG trustee · [email protected]
October 11, 2019 at 10:48 AM

#YouMadeItHappen

View this newsletter online You make it happen Good morning, It’s You Made It Happen day – a chance to thank you for your support for CPAG, and tell you about some of the ways you’ve helped in recent months. As CPAG’s Treasurer and a regular donor myself, it’s really i…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
October 8, 2019 at 2:19 PM

CPAG newsletter: Secure futures for children and families

View this newsletter online News from CPAG Secure Futures for Children and Families We know that the social security system, which is one of the ways that we as a society protect children from poverty, is not working. Over the last decade, child poverty has been rising…
Joyce at CPAG · [email protected]
October 2, 2019 at 8:10 AM

CPAG updated privacy policy

Good morning, We have made some changes to our privacy policy so we can reach more people who may share your concern for the alarming rise in child poverty and want to learn more about how we can prevent and end it. We're sending this email as we take the protection of your data and our legal obl…
Alison at CPAG · [email protected]
September 12, 2019 at 10:16 AM

Our legacy and yours

Dear John, As a Child Poverty Action Group supporter, you’ve already helped make a difference to children growing up in poverty today. As Remember A Charity Week draws to a close, I wanted to let you know that some of our successes over the years have been made possible tha…
Gaynor, CPAG supporter · [email protected]
September 9, 2019 at 1:59 PM

Remember A Charity Week: Gaynor’s story

Dear John, You are a valued supporter and we couldn’t do what we do without you. By coming together with others who care, you help us fight on behalf of children growing in poverty. And that allows us to achieve some truly awe-inspiring things.  I first came across Child Po…
Kate at CPAG · [email protected]
September 5, 2019 at 9:06 AM

Help every child make the most of their school days.

  As the summer holidays draw to a close, please make a donation today to CPAG so we can prevent more children from growing up in the grip of poverty. Dear John, I recently emailed you to ask you to join us in our work to end child poverty. Whether you have childre…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
September 4, 2019 at 3:37 PM

CPAG newsletter: government priorities and the cost of a child

View this newsletter online News from CPAG The Cost of a Child in 2019 Every year we publish research on what it costs to raise a child from birth to age 18. Today, our new report finds that lone parents are facing a growing gap between their income and their costs. Lo…
Kate at CPAG · [email protected]
August 29, 2019 at 3:55 PM

'When you're poor, you give up on your dreams'

As children go back to school, CPAG is striving to make sure children can make the most of their school day. Please send a donation today. Hello John As the new school year starts, many children will be sharing exciting holiday stories with friends, showing off a n…
Kate at CPAG · [email protected]
August 27, 2019 at 1:33 PM

'When you're poor, you give up on your dreams'

As children go back to school, CPAG is striving to make sure children can make the most of their school day. Please send a donation today. Hello John As the new school year starts, many children will be sharing exciting holiday stories with friends, showing off a n…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
August 17, 2019 at 1:27 PM

Universal credit is still not fit for families

Hello John I recently shared information with you about our Early Warning System – which collects cases of problems in the social security system as it goes through massive change with the introduction of universal credit. We have recently produced our second report of the main problems we’re s…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
August 10, 2019 at 1:27 PM

Changes to support for families

Hello John There are several things causing child poverty to rise in the UK: from the high cost of living and inadequate wages, to an insufficient social security system. For several years, the government has been reforming benefits. The changes are numerous and complex, and we’re monitoring the…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
August 4, 2019 at 1:27 PM

Why does it matter?

Hello John Over recent months we’ve joined up with children’s doctors and teachers to find out what experience they have of child poverty. As professionals working very closely with children every day, they have seen the effect that rising poverty has had – on kids’ health and education. More th…
Lizzie at CPAG · [email protected]
July 28, 2019 at 1:27 PM

Thank you for your support

Hello John Thank you for being a supporter of Child Poverty Action Group. Since 1965 we have been the leading voice on child poverty in the UK. We were instrumental in securing the Child Benefit Act in the 1970s. As part of the End Child Poverty coalition we successfully campaigned for the 2010 …