poverty

  • Two child limit challenge

    Last updated: April 16, 2019
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    The substantive challenge to the two child policy was heard by the Court of Appeal on 19 and 20 December 2018.  Judgment was handed down on 16 April 2019. Read the Court of Appeal judgment and our press release.

    On 18 August 2017, CPAG issued a claim for judicial review in the High Court against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (SSWP) to challenge the two child limit, introduced by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. Permission was granted on 17 October 2017 and the case was heard across two days on 6 and 7 February 2018.  Judgment was given on 20 April 2018 allowing the challenge in part.  The Court accepted CPAG's arguments that the ordering restriction on the kinship care exception was perverse and therefore unlawful.  The wider challenge to the policy as a whole was dismissed.  CPAG appealed this aspect of the case to the Court of Appeal. Meanwhile, in November 2018, the DWP/HMRC brought in amending legislation to remove the ordering restriction from both the kinship care and adopted children exceptions. Read the High Court judgment and our statement about the judgment.

  • Refusal to accept late mandatory reconsideration requests

    Last updated: September 25, 2017
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    Update - 25 September 2017 - on 4 August 2017 a three-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal decided that, where a claimant makes a mandatory reconsideration request at any time within 13 months of the original decision, s/he will, if dissatisfied, subsequently be entitled to appeal to a First-tier Tribunal.

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • Adding to the shame of poverty: the public, politicians and the media

    Issue 148 (Summer 2014)
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    The denigration of people in poverty is not new. It has been evident since at least the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII when the Tudor state assumed de facto responsibility for the care of ‘paupers’, and the terms ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ were coined. The words used have changed and the vehemence of the language has ebbed and flowed, but the divisive, self-justifying distinction between the workless, rogues, idlers and scroungers on the one hand and the hardworking, law-abiding, responsible, ‘middle class’, taxpayer has not. Robert Walker and Elaine Chase draw on their recent research to highlight how recent welfare reforms continue our long tradition of shaming people who live in poverty.

  • Editorial: Poverty cannot be reduced to a one-dimensional caricature

    Issue 148 (Summer 2014)
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    As the consultation on the government’s latest three-year child poverty consultation closes, it seeks to articulate the policies it sees as reducing poverty, even as it prevaricates over how to define it. This issue of Poverty explores questions that are surely important to anyone seeking to reduce poverty, and to understand it. What does poverty look like? How does it feel?

  • The poor of the mass media

    Issue 148 (Summer 2014)
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    Stories and pictures in the mass media form an important basis for creating opinions of ‘the poor’ and welfare recipients. The media content influences who we think these people are, how we think they behave and what we think should be done to either help or punish them. In The Rise and Fall of Social Cohesion, Christian Albrekt Larsen illustrates how the US and UK are caught in a vicious circle. High levels of poverty and a targeted welfare system produce a large volume of newsworthy negative stories, which make further punishment the most likely political response. Who would want to help scroungers and spongers? In contrast, Sweden and Denmark are caught in a virtuous circle. Low levels of poverty and a universal welfare system reduce the amount of newsworthy negative stories and allow room for stories about the deserving poor. Who does not want to help our ordinary fellow citizens in need? Here, he describes his research.

  • Poverty in Scotland updated summary August 2013

    August 2013
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    We have updated our summary briefing on poverty in Scotland which you can view here.

  • Poverty in Scotland updated summary briefing August 2013

    August 2013
    briefing

    We have updated our summary briefing on poverty in Scotland which gives the latest key facts on the extent, trends, causes and impact of poverty which you can view here.

  • "No room for complacency" say child poverty campaigners as over 1 in 5 children in Scotland still living in poverty

    June 25, 2015
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    • Falls in child poverty welcome, but material deprivation increases
    • Campaigners fear worse to come as big cuts threatened to tax credits, and say housing costs must be kept down to protect family budgets
    • Grim news across UK as government no closer to meeting child poverty targets

    Responding to today’s publication of official 2013/14 child poverty statistics for Scotland and the rest of the UK, John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

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