Briefings and consultation responses

  • Hard Work: parental employment in London

    September 2015

    Hard Work looks at what is happening with parental employment in London. It finds that mothers in couples in London are significantly less likely to be working than their counterparts elsewhere. While employment rates amongst lone parents has risen significantly over recent years and looks set to catch up to the national rate, the gap between the UK and London for mothers in couples shows no sign of decreasing.

  • Welfare Reform and Work Bill - briefings

    September 2015

    The Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015-16 is currently at Commons committee stage.

  • Benefit sanctions

    August 2015

    Since the election of the Coalition government in 2010, there has been an escalation of benefit sanctions, which have come to play a major role in extreme poverty. This has led to widespread criticism and a series of inquiries and reports, to which this page provides links. To add a report to this page, please contact Kelly Smith:

  • Welfare Reform and Work Bill - Commons Second Reading Briefing

    July 2015

    This Briefing presents CPAG's response to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015. The Bill presents wide-ranging changes which will affect families across the country, including: 

    • repealing most of the Child Poverty Act, abandoning poverty-reduction targets and proposing new measures of poverty that do not include income.
    • lowering the benefit cap, a policy which severs the historic link between what families need to live on – as assessed by Parliament in its setting of benefit levels – and entitlement.
    • extending the freeze on working-age benefits from two years to four years, ending in April 2020.
    • limiting child tax credit to the first two children, which would have a dramatic impact on a minority of families.
  • Briefing on the impact of childcare costs on child poverty

    June 2015

    This research by published by Gingerbread and Child Poverty Action Group found that 130,000 UK children are pushed into poverty as working parents struggle to pay rising childcare costs.

    Families struggling to make work pay have a long wait ahead for extra childcare support pledged by government, while costs continue to rise sharply above wages. In the last five years, nursery fees for under-twos have risen by 33 per cent. One in five children with at least one working parent is growing up in poverty.

  • Briefing on the Childcare Bill

    June 2015

    In this briefing on the Childcare Bill CPAG welcomes the government’s commitment to extend free childcare for three and four year olds to 30 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year but also raises a number of concerns about how this could play out for families on low incomes.

  • Briefing on trends in the cost of essentials and support for living costs

    March 2015

    Families across the country are suffering a double whammy of falling benefits and the rising cost of essentials. Despite inflation hitting historically low levels, ongoing significant increases in housing, energy and food means that families' weekly budgets are under increasing strain. At the same time, benefits such as Child Benefit have lost real value, particularly since 2010.

    This briefing note summarises the full data analysis exploring historical changes in the value of income-replacement benefits and child benefit in relation to inflation.

  • Discretionary housing payments policy note

    January 2015

    This policy note considers the role that discretionary housing payments (DHPs) have played over the last four years in mitigating the impact of ‘welfare reform’. Specifically, it considers the extent to which DHPs have provided sufficient time and space for families to adapt to reduced levels of state support reducing risk of homelessness, as well as the role that DHPs have played protecting vulnerable groups from unlawful implementation of key provisions of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

  • Submission to Work & Pensions Committee inquiry into benefit sanctions

    December 2014

    The Work and Pensions Committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into benefit sanctions policy, considering aspects of sanctions policy which were outside the remit of the Oakley Review.