universal credit

  • MPs issue warning on Universal Credit

    22 November 2012

    The Work and Pensions select committee has today published the report of its inquiry into Universal Credit.

    CPAG, which gave oral and written evidence to the Committee, has warned ministers that they risk policy failure if the report's findings are ignored. You can read the full CPAG statement here.

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  • NAO report on Universal Credit

    5 September 2013

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

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  • New elearning courses from CPAG in Scotland

    19 June 2013

    We have developed two new elearning courses to help you get to grips with important changes in the benefits system which can be found at elearning.cpag.org.uk.

    For a trial period we are offering FREE access to our Universal Credit elearning course. This course is for frontline workers who do not work in welfare rights but want to find out about universal credit to give basic advice or refer on.

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    November 5, 2018
    press release

    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes  some of the changes to draft regulations governing the  migration of people on existing benefits to universal credit  but warns that the DWP has passed up an opportunity to reduce the risk that claimants will be left with no money if their existing benefits are stopped before their universal credit claim is up and running.    The Social Security Advisory Committee, CPAG and other organisations recommended that existing benefit claimants should be moved to universal credit automatically so that the responsibility for ensuring people don’t have income gaps lies firmly with the DWP. 

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  • Out of the lobster pot: the universal credit ‘gateway’ and young people in non-advanced education

    Generally, once you have claimed universal credit (UC), you stay on it even if your circumstances later change – sometimes called the ‘lobster-pot’ principle. However, if your circumstances change so that you are no longer eligible for UC, in certain situations you may be able to claim the benefits that UC is replacing (housing benefit, jobseeker’s allowance, income support etc). This may be particularly useful for young people who live away from their parents, are on UC and who start a full-time non-advanced course at college.


    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.