universal credit

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


    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

    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.

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  • Latest students and benefits e-bulletin

    17 March 2015

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

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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

    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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  • 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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