Briefings and consultation responses

  • The free school meals poverty trap

    March 2018

    Up to now, all families receiving universal credit have been eligible for free school meals. However, from 1 April 2018 in England, the Government plans to introduce a new earnings limit so that families on universal credit earning over £7,400 a year (after tax and national insurance) are no longer eligible.

    While some families will be protected in the universal credit transitional period, we are concerned about the impact that the measure will have on work incentives during, and following, full rollout.

  • Parliamentary briefing: child poverty in London, February 2018

    February 2018

    On Thursday 22nd February, MPs will debate ‘Child Poverty in London’ in parliament. We have produced a briefing for MPs, incorporating the latest End Child Poverty statistics, released in early 2018, and the latest CPAG research. The briefing explores the main causes and solutions to child poverty, at a local and national level, and sets out why child poverty makes us all poorer.

  • Free school meals and universal credit: CPAG's consultation response

    February 2018

    CPAG has responded to the government's consultation on setting an earnings threshold for eligibility to free school meals in universal credit. We believe that all children in families eligible for universal credit should continue to receive free school meals, as per the current legal situation.

  • House of Lords debates on Universal Credit and benefit freeze

    November 2017

    Read our briefing for Peers in advance of two debates in the House of Lords on Thursday, 16th November:

    Debate: Impact of Universal Credit on claimants
    Short debate: Inflation impact on families affected by benefit freeze

  • Opposition Day Debate: Pause and fix of roll-out of Universal Credit briefing for MPs

    October 2017

    Read our briefing for MPs in advance of the Opposition Day Debate: Pause and fix of roll-out of Universal Credit, after Prime Minister’s Questions, Wednesday 18th October 2017.

  • Election 2017 manifesto

    May 2017

    Today, children are already twice as likely to be poor as pensioners. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, child poverty is set to soar to 5.1 million children by 2022 – a 42 per cent rise over ten years.

    Unless we tackle the underlying causes of poverty, more and more children will grow up without the essentials every child needs to thrive.

    Child poverty costs the country around £30 billion a year. Making sure every child gets a fair chance in life is the right thing to do and the smartest investment the new government can make.

  • Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into the Benefit Cap - CPAG's response

    April 2017

    CPAG responded to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into the Benefit Cap, drawing in large part on evidence from our Early Warning System on the impact of the cap on families with children. 

  • Two-child limit - 200,000 more children in poverty

    April 2017

    New cuts limiting universal credit to the first two children in a family – starting Thursday April 6th - will push another 200,000 children below the official poverty line, new analysis by CPAG and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows. 

    Our briefing covers what the two child limit is, how it will affect families, and why it is both unfair and illogical. 

    Download the briefing.

  • Social security changes - April 2017

    March 2017

    In April 2017, many social security changes come into force that affect children and young people. We outline their impact.

  • Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into Universal Credit - CPAG's response

    March 2017

    The Work and Pensions Select Committee was so concerned about evidence heard during its inquiry into progress with the implementation of universal credit, that it has re-opened its inquiry to gather more evidence. CPAG's response includes cases from our Scottish and UK early warning systems, highlighting various problems encountered by claimants.