Briefings and consultation responses

  • Submission to Liberal Democrat review of social security

    February 2016

    CPAG submitted a response to the Liberal Democrat parliamentar review of social security, following our oral evidence. The response covers:

  • CPAG's response the All Party Parliamentary Group inquiry on child poverty and health

    February 2016

    CPAG submitted written evidence to the APPG on Health inquiry into child poverty, health and well-being. Our submission notes the evidence for a relationship between poverty and poorer outcomes for child physical and mental health. 


  • David Webster (Glasgow University) briefings on benefit sanctions

    February 2016

    Dr David Webster is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Urban Studies) at the University of Glasgow. His research on the labour market and social impacts of deindustrialisation includes work on incapacity benefit/employment support allowance claims, their relationship to other aspects of worklessness and to population health, and the changing pattern of lone parenthood.

  • Benefit sanctions

    February 2016

    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:

  • Work and Pensions Committee inquiry: in-work progression in Universal Credit

    January 2016

    CPAG's response the the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into in-work progression in Universal Credit. The inquiry considers in-work conditionality in Universal Credit, and argues that while a focus on supporting progression in work on a voluntary basis is welcome, in-work conditionality is unwarranted. This is because there is evidence that the labour market is currently unfavourable for progression, particularly for single parents and main carers, and there is no evidence of people refusing to work longer without good reason, where more hours are available. 

  • Briefing for MPs: Benefit Sanctions Regime (Entitlement to Automatic Hardship Payments) Bill

    January 2016

    Read our briefing for MPs in advance of the Second Reading of the Benefit Sanctions Regime (Entitlement to Automatic Hardship Payments) Bill 2015-16. 

    We are urging MPs to support this Bill which will help to protect families from income crisis and destitution by:

    • Giving everyone who is sanctioned automatic access to a hardship payments
    • Ensuring that all hardship payments are non-repayable
  • Evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on hunger

    December 2015

    Evidence from the Feeding Britain Working Group on Benefit Administration to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on hunger.

    This briefing responds to the recommendations of the APPG on hunger in their 2014 report, Feeding Britain, on addressing issues around benefits administration to reduce food poverty and hunger and provides an update on how well these issues have been addressed by the Department of Work and Pensions over the past year.

  • CPAG's response to call for evidence by JCHR on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

    November 2015

    CPAG has responded to a call for evidence by the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

  • Lords' briefing on tax credit statutory instrument

    October 2015

    This briefing explains the impact of the government's plans to cut tax credits on working families and child poverty. CPAG is opposed to cuts to tax credits because they will damage work incentives and increase child poverty:


  • Welfare Reform and Work Bill - briefings

    October 2015

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