Briefings and consultation responses

  • Corrections and clarifications briefing on Iain Duncan Smith's Today Programme interview on child poverty

    April 2014

    On March 26th 2014, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, was interviewed by Evan Davis on the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4.

    Although the main topic for the interview was a vote taking place that day on a government proposal for a cap on  expenditure on large parts of social security, tax credits and other social support, much of the interview also covered child poverty and the government’s targets.

  • Parliamentary briefing on 'welfare cap' and Charter for Budgetary Responsiblity

    March 2014

    At the Budget in March 2014, the government announced it would be amending the Charter for Budgetary Responsibility to implement a new 'welfare cap' policy.

  • The effectiveness of social security at tackling child poverty

    March 2014

    While child poverty is responsive to, and requires, many different types of policy intervention, international evidence shows that social security is an essential tool for reducing child poverty. A note prepared for CPAG by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Essex University illustrates vividly the effect of taxes and benefits on child poverty rates across the EU27 for 2012.

    Figure 1 shows that the UK’s child poverty starting point is very high – we have the second highest child poverty rate before taxes and transfers in the EU27.

  • Oakley sanctions review - responses from other organisations

    January 2014

    A broad range of organisations and individuals submitted evidence to Matthew Oakley’s review of the operation of the sanctions system for JSA claimants on mandatory back-to-work schemes.  This page has links to many of them. To add your submission to this list please contact Kelly Smith: ksmith@cpag.org.uk

  • Independent review of JSA sanctions: CPAG’s response to the call for information

    January 2014

    CPAG has submitted evidence to Matthew Oakley’s review of the operation of the sanctions system for jobseeker's allowance claimants on mandatory back-to-work schemes.

    We raise concerns about the limited scope of the review, highlight numerous systemic problems, and make recommendations to help protect claimants.

  • Foodbanks: Briefing for Opposition Day debate, 18 December 2013

    December 2013

    This briefing raises CPAG’s concerns about rising demand for food aid from UK families. It also presents initial findings from CPAG’s foodbanks project.

    In particular, we emphasise that provision of high quality welfare rights advice must be more widely available and the DWP must urgently start utilising the ‘short-term benefit advances’ (STBA) system.

  • Submission to the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into housing costs support

    October 2013

    The Work and Pensions Committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into provision of support to meet housing costs in the reformed welfare system. In our submission to the Committee, we point out that many of the changes made to levels of support with housing costs over the course of this parliament disproportionately affect families with children, and will only lead to their further impoverishment.

  • Let's All Have Lunch!

    September 2013

    Let's have lunch

    This report makes the case for why London local authorities should invest in universal free school meals for primary school children. The report was produced by CPAG and 4in10, and funded by Trust for London.

  • Childcare and maternal employment in London

    September 2013

    The number of mums who work in London is significantly below the national average and is a strong explanatory factor for the high rates of child poverty in the capital. In this new report, CPAG considers the role of childcare in explaining this situtation and what local authorities can do to improve provision for parents.

  • The Cost of a Child in 2013

    August 2013

    Cost of a Child in 2013

    This report shows parents struggled more than ever to provide a decent standard of living for their families in 2013. This is the second in a series of annual reports on the cost of bringing up a child in the UK.