universal credit

  • 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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  • CPAG statement on Prime Minister's speech and plans to remove benefits from rioters

    August 15, 2011
    press release

    Commenting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which receives its Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This bill means too many vulnerable people are set to be losers, and too many people will find the promise to make work pay is not being kept.

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  • CPAG statement on Universal Credit report by Work & Pensions Committee

    April 8, 2014
    press release

    Commenting on the Work & Pensions Committee report on the implementation of  Universal Credit released today, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “This is a deeply troubling report for a flagship benefit which in time will support half of all UK children. The timetable is up in the air, the project management has been all over the place, and its ability to help the low paid is in real jeopardy.

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  • CPAG welcome announcement on childcare and early years pupil premium investment

    March 18, 2014
    press release

    In response to the Government's announcement that 85% of childcare costs will be met in Universal Credit and that there will be a £50 million Early Years Pupil Premium funding for the most disadvantaged three and four year olds, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, said:

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  • Early Warning System report: Universal Credit Full Service Roll Out

    26 April 2017
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    This report is based on findings from our Early Warning System cases and what they tell us about the impact of ‘full service’ universal credit.

    We’ve gathered evidence of several difficulties faced by claimants - from problems claiming to long waits. We are calling on the next UK Government, the Scottish Government and local authorities to implement our recommended solutions.

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  • Is rising child poverty a price worth paying to protect our children?

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    Today’s awful figures tells us several things. Child poverty is high. It’s rising – it’s jumped to 4 million. Two thirds of poor children come from working families. But perhaps the main lesson to take away is that we need to call time on the unfathomable Whitehall orthodoxy, driven by George Osborne but still in place under Theresa May, that rising child poverty is a price worth paying to protect our children.

  • Latest Early Warning System newsletter

    31 March 2017
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    Read our latest Early Warning System newsletter which includes: How universal credit is affecting families; Newsflash for welfare rights workers; How we have used the cases; and more.

    Sign up to receive updates from the Early Warning System here.

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  • Latest students and benefits e-bulletin

    17 March 2015
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    Read our latest e-bulletin which is a special extended update on universal credit.

    Sign up to our e-bulletins here.

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  • Local figures for children and families losing Working Tax Credit in April

    March 20, 2012
    press release

    In April 2012, around half a million children will suddenly be at risk of being plunged into poverty as the Working Tax Credit hours rule changes for couples.

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  • MPs issue warning on Universal Credit

    22 November 2012
    news

    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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