local authorities

  • 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:

  • Local welfare assistance schemes


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    Your local welfare assistance scheme (LWAS) can help you if you are in urgent need following an emergency or unforeseen event and have no other source of help. The schemes are run by local councils and they vary. You may be able to get vouchers to pay for food, fuel or clothing or bigger basic living items such as beds, cookers and fridges. You can’t usually get cash.

  • Council Tax Reduction - minimum local residence rule

    Last updated: July 30, 2014
    test case

    (AA and others) v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council CO/633/2014

    Council tax reduction – minimum local residence rule

    CPAG has won a test case on behalf of three vulnerable women in financial need who were charged a higher rate of council tax by their local authority simply because they only recently moved into the area.  The judicial review case is one of the first test cases on the extent of local authority’s powers and duties in setting up council tax reduction schemes.  

  • A new poll tax?


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    In April 2013 the national system of Council Tax Benefit was devolved to local authorities, along with a 10 per cent funding cut. While several London boroughs have found the additional savings needed to bridge this cut in funding, the majority have introduced a Minimum Payment.

  • Childcare and maternal employment in London

    September 2013
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    The number of mums who work in London is significantly below the national average and is a strong explanatory factor for the high rates of child poverty in the capital. In this new report, CPAG considers the role of childcare in explaining this situtation and what local authorities can do to improve provision for parents.

  • Co-ordinated working and potential partners


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    Authorities need to coordinate responses, to prevent duplication and to ensure partners can both manage issues and maximise the potential solutions welfare reforms may present. The sort of coordinated responses that were talked about often requires establishing some sort of multi-agency welfare reform or poverty group.

  • Implementing the universal credit roll out


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    Universal credit will replace working age means-tested benefits and tax credits from October 2013, be they in or out of work payments. It will gradually replace:

  • Including the voices of young people in child poverty strategies


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    Many local authorities mentioned an interest in further including the voices of children and young people in their child poverty strategies. A presentation around one methodology to enable your local area to do so is available below.

    The youth-led local area strategies that were produced using this methodology are available here.

  • Increasing financial inclusion and financial literacy


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    Both financial inclusion and financial literacy were discussed as potential issues for decreasing child poverty levels locally.