Kate Bell

  • Submission to Greater London Authority on Low Pay and London Living Wage

    August 2013
    briefing

    CPAG sets out our views on how to tackle low pay and encourage take up of the London Living Wage in a submission to the Greater London Authority's economy committee.

  • The localisation of the social fund


    page

    This is a 20-minute video on YouTube of a presentation in July 2013 by Kate Bell of CPAG on the change from the social fund to local welfare assistance and short-term benefits advances.

  • Missing potential: why the European funds should be used to support parental employment in London

    June 2013
    briefing

    London has the highest child poverty rates in the country, and the lowest rates of mothers employment. This briefing argues that the next round of the European Social Fund from 2014 should be used in London to support parents to access paid work.

  • Localisation of the Social Fund: Countdown to change

    March 2013
    briefing

    From April 2013, the discretionary elements of the Social Fund, Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans, will cease to operate at a national level. Funding to provide a replacement scheme will be devolved to local authority level.

  • Poverty, social security and stigma

    Issue 144 (Spring 2013)
    article

    ‘Proud to be poor’ is not a banner under which many want to march.’

    Writing recently about the lack of respect accorded to those living on a low income, Ruth Lister identified the strong and historic link between poverty and stigma. Social security can be seen as a way of helping to reduce the stigma of poverty, providing enough for people to participate in society, without being reduced to charity. But in recent years, there has been a perception of an increasing sense of stigma attached simply to the receipt of benefits. Kate Bell asks whether social security itself has become a source of shame.

  • Welfare reform – early impacts

    Issue 231 (December 2012)
    article

    Kate Bell looks gives an overview of what early research has uncovered about the future impact of welfare reform.

  • Delivering the social fund at a local level

    Issue 229 (August 2012)
    article

    CPAG published a new report at the end of June,1looking at the opportunities and risks around the localisation of the social fund in London. Kate Bell, London campaign co-ordinator at CPAG, explains how some local authorities are planning for the abolition of the discretionary social fund next year, and what ideas are forming as to what should take its place.

  • 'Mini-jobs' for lone parents?

    Issue 128 (Autumn 2007)
    article

    Juggling work and childcare is the big conundrum of being a lone parent. But as the Government increasingly promotes work as the best way out of poverty, lone parents have little to choose from. Now however, new research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that working in a so-called 'mini-job' for under 16 hours a week could be the way to bring lone parents gradually back into full-time employment while also allowing them to adjust their childcare needs. But are the advantages to lone parents real ones? What happens once benefit cuts are taken into account? Kate Bell considers the different options, as well as whether the strategy could contribute to achieving the Government's target of halving child poverty for 2010.

  • Help us monitor the real impacts of welfare reform in London

    28 May 2013
    news

    CPAG has launched a new online tool for advisers to tell us about the effects of benefit changes in London. We need your help to show the real impact of welfare reform on families.

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