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Our CEO on why we're campaigning on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

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At the end of last week our CEO recorded a quick video explaining why we disagree with proposals in the government's Welfare Reform and Work Bill.

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Child poverty at the party conferences

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If you're attending any of the party conferences, why not stop by one of our fringe events. We have a great line up of speakers and would love to hear your voices at these party debates.

Conservatives | What is blue-collar conservatism?

Tuesday 6th October 2015, 19.30 - 21.00

Chair: Rachel Johnson Non-Executive Director, Bright Blue

London costs: raising children in the capital


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"It will come as little surprise that raising a child is expensive, and that in London it has the potential to be more expensive than other parts of the country. However, new research from Child Poverty Action Group on the extra costs of children in the capital has brought up some intriguing findings that are relevant for the whole country."

How can London mothers escape the poverty trap?


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Why are mothers in London less likely to work than their counterparts across the country, and how can we ensure that having more parents in jobs brings the capital’s high child poverty rates down?

It seems children from low-income families are at the bottom of this government's list of priorities


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"A 100 days but already the parents of a child born on the 8 May would be justified in feeling nervous about her future. Since its re-election, the Conservative government has brought in a raft of policies that may profoundly affect their child's life."

The minimum standard of living is getting harder to reach

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The basic cost of bringing up a child is getting harder to meet. New CPAG research updating our annual 'Cost of a child' report has found that while the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 remains high, at £149,805, state support for meeting those costs is diminishing sharply.

Additional family hardship on the horizon

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"Since the election an important debate has opened up over how far state benefits should be underpinning family living standards. The government is clearly trying to reduce what it sees as unnecessary dependency, including for families in low-paid work. It has approached this from multiple angles.

Sanctions: where's the support?

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It’s all change at Westminster – once again. After five years dominated by the pace and scale of change to the social security system, the new Parliament promises some more pretty big changes, many of which were discussed in this week’s Welfare Reform & Work Bill debate.

But some things never seem to change.

First thoughts on the ‘National Living Wage’


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A substantial increase in the National Minimum Wage for over-25s (or National Living Wage, as Osborne’s re-badging has it) can only be a good thing for low-paid workers. It should be celebrated. That much, at least, is clear.

Don’t let tax credit changes freeze mums out of work


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What's the point of working tax credits? David Cameron has called their use into question by highlighting the role they play in enabling big businesses to get away with paying poverty wages. But this overlooks the important role that working tax credits play in enabling parents to enter or stay in the labour market working less than full-time.