child poverty

  • Submission to UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

    September 2018
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    We have submitted evidence to the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, who will visit the UK in November. 

    Read our submission

  • Scotland Welfare Rights Conference


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    Annual Conference: Welfare Rights
    Friday 7 June 2019

    University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre,
    99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD


    We'll be announcing how and when to book in early 2019. Sign up for our Training and Events ebulletins to be first to know.

  • The Cost of a Child in 2018


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    Our latest Cost of a Child report shows what it costs to raise a child to age 18, based on what the public thinks is a minimum standard of living.

    The overall cost of a child (including rent and childcare) is £150,753 for a couple and £183,335 for a lone parent.

  • Revised Benefit Cap

    Last updated: July 4, 2018
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     R (DS and Others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

    The appeal in this case will be heard from 17-19 July by a 7 judge panel of the Supreme Court alongside that of R(DA and Others) v SSWP

    On 9 March 2017, CPAG issued a claim for judicial review in the High Court against the Secretary of State for Work and Pension (SSWP) to challenge the legality of the lowered benefit cap as it applies to lone parents. The case was heard on 26 March 2018, having previously been stayed and then an earlier hearing date adjourned because of the related case of DA concerning lone parents with children under two. In light of the Court of Appeal decision in DA (given on 15 March 2018), we invited the High Court in our case to dismiss our claim without a full hearing and to grant us a certificate to allow us to bypass the Court of Appeal and seek permission to appeal direct to the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court granted permission to appeal on 4 June 2018 and the two cases of DS and DA are now to be heard together from 17-19 July 2018.

  • Introduction to child poverty and financial help for families

    Level: Basic

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    Many more children in Scotland will be living in poverty by 2020. This half-day course looks at why this is and which families are likely to be most affected. Participants will be encouraged to consider the steps they can take in their own roles to prepare for the predicted increase in child poverty and make a practical difference to families.

     

    The course covers:

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  • Moving to The London Living Wage: A Guide for Local Authorities in London


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    This is a practical, comprehensive guide from CPAG and the Living Wage Foundation, which aims to help local authorities in London become accredited Living Wage employers.

    The guide explains:

  • Early Warning System


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    The Early Warning System (EWS) was set up by CPAG in Scotland to collect and analyse case evidence about how welfare changes are affecting the wellbeing of children, their families and the communities and services that support them.

    To date over 3,000 case studies have been gathered from frontline workers, including welfare rights advisors, housing officers and support workers.

  • Refugee children – Disability Living Allowance – past presence test

    Last updated: May 24, 2017
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    Update 09/09/2016: the DWP has now issued guidance, DMG Memo 20/16 and ADM Memo 21/16, confirming that it will not be appealing against the Upper Tribunal decision and that the past presence test is no longer applicable to claims for disability living allowance, personal independence payment, attendance allowance or carer's allowance.

  • Abolishing hunger among children in the UK

    Issue 153 (Winter 2016)
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    We will all have woken up this morning knowing there are children in this country who went to bed last night on an empty stomach. We also know that a large number of those children will have taken that hunger with them to school. This is the most crushing finding from a recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger, examining the extent, causes and changing dynamics of hunger among families in the UK. With the reliance on food banks on the increase, the Group’s Chair, Frank Field, and the report’s author, Andrew Forsey, summarise the evidence received and present some potential solutions.

  • Campaigning on child poverty: the New Zealand experience

    Issue 153 (Winter 2016)
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    New Zealand is traditionally regarded as a quiet, safe, egalitarian country with nothing in it more dangerous than a few hobbits. The reality, however, is that between the mid-1980s and the mid-2000s, it experienced the biggest increase in the gap between the rich and the rest of any developed country. The result is that, as the economy has delivered a growing share of national income to the rich, there has been relatively little for the rest to share. Levels of poverty, and child poverty in particular, have increased dramatically in the last 30 years. Here, Max Rashbrooke assesses the impact of New Zealand’s Child Poverty Action Group and other campaigners working to reverse this trend, and uncovers some familiar issues.