Briefings and consultation responses

  • The Double Lockout: How low income families will be locked out of fair living standards

    January 2013

    This report, published on the eve of the second reading of the Welfare Benefits Up-Rating Bill 2012-13, reveals that the government’s welfare benefit uprating legislation is based on bogus claims and is a poverty-producing bill that will further exclude the poorest workers, jobseekers, carers and disabled people from the mainstream of society.

  • CPAG Briefing on Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill (HoC Second Reading, 8 Jan 2013)

    January 2013

    The Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill has its Commons Second Reading on 8 January 2013.

    This CPAG briefing covers the following key concerns:

    • Social security and tax credits should keep up with the cost of living.
    • Failing to uprate in line with inflation will increase absolute child poverty, relative child poverty and the material deprivation of children.
    • The Bill fails the Fairness Test in regard to income distribution.
    • The Bill fails the Fairness Test for the working poor, as well as for the jobseeking, caring and disabled poor.
  • CPAG Briefing for Autumn Statement 2012

    December 2012

    A full media briefing for the Autumn Statement on 5 December 2012, the needs of low income families that the Chancellor must address, and other related background information and resource.

  • Young people's thoughts on child poverty policy

    December 2012

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    Five groups of young people from some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in England have produced their own local area child poverty strategies: Gateshead, Liverpool, Manchester, Tower Hamlets, and Westminster.  This report presents all of their ideas. 

  • Ending Child Poverty by 2020: Progress made and lessons learned

    December 2012

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    In this landmark report, CPAG has brought together leading academics and campaigners to reflect on the progress made towards ending child poverty in the UK, as well as to consider the risks for the future.

  • We can work it out: parental employment in London

    November 2012

    Child poverty in London is mostly explained by the low rates of parents in paid employment. In London, 17.2 per cent of children live in workless households, compared with 15.1 per cent in the UK as a whole; over half of lone parents in London are out of work, compared with 38 per cent in the UK. But this report shows that low parental employment rates in London are not an intractable problem. Many more parents in London have moved into work in recent years, and many more could do so if this were made a priority for local, regional and central government.

  • Between a rock and a hard place: early impacts of welfare reform on London

    November 2012

    This report from our London project examines the early impact of welfare reforms across London. It finds that the reforms will create problems for local authorities and families with children, and makes recommendations to national, regional and local government, and to advice agencies, on how best to mitigate these.

  • Food poverty in London

    October 2012

    CPAG submitted evidence to the London Assembly’s inquiry into food poverty.

  • The implementation of the Child Poverty Act: examining child poverty strategies in London local authorities

    October 2012

    This report from CPAG and 4in10 at Save the Children examines progress and best practice in implementing child poverty strategies across local authorities in London.

  • Response to DWP consultation on ceasing production of income-related benefits take-up statistics

    October 2012

    This is CPAG’s response to a DWP consultation gathering views on its proposal to end, or at the very least limit, the production of take-up estimates for six key means-tested benefits. DWP argues that producing the statistics is too expensive in the current climate. In addition, it assert that the figures will become increasingly redundant from October 2013 with the introduction of universal credit. In our response we disagree on both counts.