Barnes leaves child poverty group to be boss of DrugScope

The director of the Child Poverty Action Group is to become DrugScope's new chief executive.

Since joining the campaign group as a welfare rights advisor 11 years ago, Martin Barnes has become an authority on poverty and the UK's tax and state benefit systems. He is renowned for taking stands against the Government and urging the Chancellor to meet targets on child poverty eradication.

"I enjoyed working at CPAG during all these years, but I'm looking for new challenges," he said. "I felt really excited when I heard about the DrugScope post."

DrugScope produces extensive research on a range of drug-related issues and advises policy-makers. Barnes is particularly keen to develop the charity's research projects and influence government. "Like CPAG, DrugScope bases its recommendations on what research tells us," he said.

Barnes starts in the new year, succeeding Roger Howard who leaves to become chief executive of Crime Concern.

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