universal credit

  • Universal credit - will it work?

    7 May 2013
    news

    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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  • Universal credit flaws and IT glitch must not damage children and families

    January 12, 2011
    press release

    Commenting on the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the government’s proposals for welfare reform and a Universal Credit system, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

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  • Universal credit roll out

    Moving considerably faster than an advancing glacier, from February of this year, Universal Credit is extending its reach and grasp to cover more groups in greater depth, in more parts of Scotland.

    Depending on who you are, you may be viewing its stately progress with anxiety or scepticism. You may feel optimistic about its potential to reduce poverty. Regardless of which camp you belong to, we hope to hear more from you about your experiences over the coming months through the advice line, by email or the Early Warning System.

  • Universal credit: the gender impact

    Issue 140 (Autumn 2011)
    article

    The government’s plans to introduce a new universal credit are intended to improve work incentives and simplify a complex benefits system, but may work against its duty to promote gender equality. Here, Fran Bennett, drawing on work for the Women’s Budget Group, looks at the impact the new benefit may have on gender issues, in particular on financial autonomy for women.

  • Universal credit: universal panacea?

    Issue 219 (December 2010)
    article

    David Simmons takes a look at the Government’s intention to replace the main means-tested benefits for working-age claimants with a universal credit.

  • Welfare Reform Bill must be put on hold until government explains plans

    June 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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  • White Paper on Universal Credit: submission to Work and Pensions Committee

    December 2010
    briefing

    The White Paper Universal Credit: welfare that works set out the Coalition Government’s plans to reform the welfare system by creating a new universal credit. CPAG's response, while supporting the core aims of simplicity and increased work incentives, expresses our concern that the Government is embarking on such an ambitious and potentially risky programme of reform in such haste, in the context of extensive cuts