social security

  • 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.

  • Benefit cap will tip more children into poverty

    September 28, 2014
    press release

    Responding today to reports that the Government is planning to impose a more severe benefit cap of £23,000 pa per household, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This is likely to increase the headcount of children in poverty in working and non-working families, a move that would surely fail any credible family test. It would also bypass the root causes of higher social security spending which include soaring childcare and housing costs and low pay. Politicians from all parties need to tackle these root problems as a priority rather than ripping away money from families who are struggling every day to pay for absolute basics. "

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  • Benefit claimants become filmmakers to challenge stereotypes

    October 15, 2013
    press release

    Dole Animators, a ground-breaking project based in Leeds, is a group of jobseekers, single parents and disabled people who have made an animated film about their experience claiming support through social security during the period when the government’s welfare reforms are being implemented.

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  • Benefits debate failing ordinary families: new polling and CPAG letter to party leaders

    September 12, 2013
    press release

    The current debate about social security is failing ordinary families, according to a new campaign, ‘People Like Us’, being launched today by Child Poverty Action Group.

    The campaign is supported by new polling suggesting the public strongly rejects the idea that the government understands the concerns of people on low and middle incomes.

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  • Child poverty campaigners say Ministers have “no time to lose” in acting on Commission’s child poverty advice

    February 26, 2018
    press release
    “Investment in social security needed if targets are to be met” says independent Commission

    Responding to today’s publication of independent advice on child poverty from the Poverty and Inequality Commission’s (26/02/18) John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

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  • CPAG statement on NAO report on Universal Credit

    September 5, 2013
    press release

    Commenting on the National Audit Office report ‘Universal Credit: early progress’ released today, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    'This report places Universal Credit on the ‘critical list’, cataloguing mistakes and failures that have dogged the project right from the start. The priority now has to be instilling confidence about when it will be delivered and, crucially for families, ensuring that when it’s up and running Universal Credit makes good on claims that it will make work pay and reduce poverty.

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  • Faith leaders urge the government to loosen the grip of poverty on families by removing the two-child limit policy

    April 6, 2018
    press release

    PRESS RELEASE: for immediate release

    Today, 60 Bishops from the Church of England and senior representatives from other Christian, Jewish and Muslim organisations have come together to urge the Government to rethink its two-child limit policy, one year on from its introduction.

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  • First thoughts on the ‘National Living Wage’


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    A substantial increase in the National Minimum Wage for over-25s (or National Living Wage, as Osborne’s re-badging has it) can only be a good thing for low-paid workers. It should be celebrated. That much, at least, is clear.

  • NAO report on Universal Credit

    5 September 2013
    news

    The National Audit Office has today published a withering assessment of the early progress on Universal Credit. Read our statement

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  • Promoting fairness? Lowering the benefit cap will push more families into poverty

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    This autumn the benefit cap will be cut, squeezing low-income families even further and pushing more people into poverty. The Welfare Reform & Work Act 2016 lowers the cap to £23,000 per annum for families (or £15,410 for single claimants) in London and £20,000 for families (or £13,400 for single claimants) outside of London. There are currently 3.9 million children living in poverty. Projections from the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests that child poverty could rise by 50 per cent by 2020. Tightening the cap and taking away more support from low-income households will have a devastating effect on families and children.