universal credit


    June 21, 2017
    press release
    • Welcome shelving of plans to cut universal free school meals
    • No plans for tackling rising child poverty, despite promise to tackle ‘burning injustice’ of poverty
    • Urgent need for a coherent social justice agenda

    Alison Garnham, Chief Executive:

    “We welcome the commitments to strengthen rights at work and the minimum wage for over 25-year-olds, but this is a Queen's Speech conspicuous for what it doesn’t mention and suggests the Government is missing a serious and coherent social justice agenda.

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  • Response to Autumn Statement

    December 3, 2014
    press release

    Responding to today’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:


    “It’s striking that the only giveaway for children was for families who can afford to fly them abroad on holiday. For millions more children, today’s Autumn Statement is about staying the course for poverty rather than prosperity.


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  • Response to statement on universal credit

    July 20, 2016
    press release


    Responding today to Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green’s announcement of further delays to the roll out of Universal Credit, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:


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  • Seminar - Universal credit: “Making work(ers) pay?”

    26 June 2018

    Manchester – Thursday 12 July

    London – Friday 20 July

    Time: 12:00 - 16:30

    Over the course of 2018, the roll out of the “full service” of universal credit has gathered pace and has extended to more and more postcode areas. This means that people who work are increasingly caught up in the new system.

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  • Submission to SSAC consultation on universal credit managed migration

    August 2018

    The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC), an independent body of experts set up to advise the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on secondary legislation, has been consulting on the way people already claiming certain benefits will be moved onto universal credit. This process is called 'managed migration' - although this is a misnomer. 

  • Treasury must not wreck universal credit and poverty progress

    February 17, 2011
    press release

    Commenting ahead of today’s publication of the Welfare Reform Bill, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “The jury is still out on the universal credit. Ministers are right to aim for much better back to work support and a benefits system that makes it pay to work. But scant detail and funding shortfalls forced by the Treasury leave it in major doubt whether it will help claimants gain work, or help meet the Prime Minster’s promise to ‘make UK poverty history’.

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  • UC training opportunities

    5 September 2018

    The roll-out of universal credit full service in Scotland continues at pace, with completion due by the end of this year. To help you get to grips with universal credit, we are running the following courses:

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  • Universal credit


    Universal credit will be phased in from October 2013 as the main working-age benefit in the UK. 

  • Universal Credit


    Universal Credit is widely accepted as the most important social security reform for thirty years. It brings together most of the means-tested benefits and tax credits for people of working age and has dominated policy-making for five years.

  • Universal credit - will it work?

    7 May 2013

    A new report Will Universal Credit Work?, published by the TUC and CPAG, finds that this new benefit risks failing even on its own terms unless adjustments to its design are made and broader policies to tackle the causes of poverty are put in place. 

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