London

  • 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.

  • Families on the brink: welfare reform in London


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    London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK. This means that the capital has been hit particularly hard by changes to the benefits system, particularly cuts to housing benefit. London households have lost almost £7 per week more than the average UK household.

  • London Child Poverty Alliance response to Child Poverty Strategy Consultation

    May 2014
    briefing

    The Child Poverty Act 2010 places a duty on central government to produce a child poverty strategy every 3 years. In spring 2014 they consulted on their draft strategy for 2014-17. The London Child Poverty Alliance responded setting out how the strategy could be improved to tackle the shockingly high level of poverty in the capital. If the government does not address poverty in London, it is unlikely to meet its child poverty targets.

  • Let's All Have Lunch!

    September 2013
    briefing

    Let's have lunch

    This report makes the case for why London local authorities should invest in universal free school meals for primary school children. The report was produced by CPAG and 4in10, and funded by Trust for London.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Response to GLA Economy Committee on Adult careers services

    February 2013
    briefing

    The Greater London Authority's Economy Committee is consulting on adult careers services. This response sets out why CPAG believes that these should focus on parents.

  • Welfare reform – early impacts

    Issue 231 (December 2012)
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    Kate Bell looks gives an overview of what early research has uncovered about the future impact of welfare reform.

  • We can work it out: parental employment in London

    November 2012
    briefing

    Child poverty in London is mostly explained by the low rates of parents in paid employment. In London, 17.2 per cent of children live in workless households, compared with 15.1 per cent in the UK as a whole; over half of lone parents in London are out of work, compared with 38 per cent in the UK. But this report shows that low parental employment rates in London are not an intractable problem. Many more parents in London have moved into work in recent years, and many more could do so if this were made a priority for local, regional and central government.