child benefit

  • EU co-ordination of social security

    Issue 225 (December 2011)
    article

    Sarah Clarke provides an update on some European Union co-ordination issues.

    This article is about what happens when European nationals, including UK nationals, and their family members move from one country to another within the European Union (EU), and explains more about when they can take their benefits with them.

  • Spending Review – more cuts

    Issue 219 (December 2010)
    article

    Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.

  • Child benefit and qualifying young persons

    Issue 191 (April 2006)
    article

    Simon Osborne outlines new rules extending benefit entitlement for families that include a young person.

  • 20,000 children to be pushed into poverty by child benefit cut

    March 20, 2012
    press release

    New research by Child Poverty Action Group, shows that the cliff that will be created by the government’s plans for child benefit will push households with 20,000 children into net incomes comparable to poverty.

    The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

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  • 9 reasons to protect child benefit

    "I'm not going to flannel you, I'm going to give it to you straight. I like the child benefit, I wouldn't change child benefit, I wouldn't means-test it, I don't think that is a good idea."

    So said
    David Cameron in March 2010. But the Prime Minister is being urged to drop this read-my-lips pledge when his party draws up its manifesto in the coming months. 

    According to reports today the think tank Policy Exchange is calling for child benefit to be tapered away as families have more children. Others are urging him on to go even further. 

  • Autumn Statement creates new rationing system for children, working families and disabled people

    December 5, 2013
    press release

    Responding to today’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Today’s Autumn Statement creates a new income rationing system for children, working families and disabled people through a national cap on their basic support.

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  • Budget 2014: Child Poverty Action Group on the impact on families

    March 19, 2014
    press release

    Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget Statement today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Today’s Budget tries to lock-in austerity for millions of low-paid families, poor children, carers and disabled people. Announcing a cap for social security spending without a plan to address the root causes of low pay, high rents and high childcare costs, simply forces the most vulnerable in society to pay the price for inaction.

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  • Child benefits in the European Union

    Issue 139 (Summer 2011)
    article

    The future of a universal child benefit in the UK is currently under threat. Here Jonathan Bradshaw looks at how the UK compares with other European Union countries in its provision of child benefits

  • Child Poverty Action Group criticises child benefit cut

    September 22, 2014
    press release

    The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has criticised Labour's decision to cut child benefit for families who have already born the brunt of austerity. The benefit has already lost 14% of its real value in this parliament.

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  • Child poverty watchdog condemns government's child poverty strategy

    9 June 2014
    news

    The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission have today published a hard-hitting report that condemns the government's draft child poverty strategy as lacking credibility.

    For more information see our full press statement.

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