housing benefit

  • Dealing with delays

    Issue 217 (August 2010)

    Martin Williams considers the tactics available to advisers to combat delays in the administration of benefits and tax credits.

  • ESA claimants and housing benefit

    Issue 208 (February 2009)

    Judith Paterson looks at changes to housing benefit (HB) and council tax benefit (CTB) applicable amounts for employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants and considers some better-off issues.

  • 'Supporting people into work: the next stage of Housing Benefit reform': CPAG's response to the DWP consultation

    February 2010

    This response highlights CPAG's concerns over proposed housing benefit reforms, and reflects our view that any such reforms need to safeguard the needs of claimants and their children. While we welcome reforms that will remove financial barriers to employment, we believe that the primary purpose of housing benefit is to ensure that all low income families, whether or not they are in employment, have access to good quality housing.

  • 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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  • Court rules to allow discriminatory impacts of Housing Benefit cuts

    October 13, 2011
    press release

    The High Court of Justice has today passed down judgment in favour of the Government in a Judicial Review brought by Child Poverty Action Group. The review concerned two specific cuts to housing benefit that came into force this April:

    • Restriction of maximum household size to four bedrooms
    • Caps on the amount of Housing Benefit a household can receive

    Child Poverty Action Group’s case in support of disadvantaged families against the Government was:

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  • CPAG responds to the Autumn Statement

    5 December 2013

    We have criticised the Chancellor's Autumn Statement for rationing support for children, working families and disabled people through a national cap on social security.

    See our full reaction in the CPAG press statement.

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  • CPAG's challenge to the housing benefit changes

    Issue 221 (April 2011)

    Changes to Housing Benefit first announced in the June 2010 budget come into force in April 2011. This article outlines what those changes are, and how and why CPAG is challenging them.

  • CPAG’s Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction Legislation


    Housing Benefit & Council Tax  

    Price £119 (cover price) (Members and CAB Price £99.00) 
    c.159 pages  ISBN 978-1-910715-03-1

  • Disability and discrimination: a case for special treatment

    Issue 226 (February 2012)

    An argument for more favourable treatment for disabled people in social security, in particular in housing benefit, is currently before the Court of Appeal. Simon Osborne sets the scene.