welfare reform

  • 'Supporting people into work: the next stage of Housing Benefit reform': CPAG's response to the DWP consultation

    February 2010
    briefing

    This response highlights CPAG's concerns over proposed housing benefit reforms, and reflects our view that any such reforms need to safeguard the needs of claimants and their children. While we welcome reforms that will remove financial barriers to employment, we believe that the primary purpose of housing benefit is to ensure that all low income families, whether or not they are in employment, have access to good quality housing.

  • A new poll tax?

    If I lost my job tomorrow, one of the things that I would expect would be that while I was not earning, I would not be paying tax. However, in 26 out of 33 London boroughs this is not the case: I would still need to pay council tax.

  • A new poll tax? London's poorest and councils hit hard by Council Tax changes

    July 17, 2014
    press release

    London’s poorest families are struggling to pay council tax bills from their limited benefit income following cuts to council tax support, according to new figures published in a joint report by two leading London anti-poverty charities, the Child Poverty Action Group and Z2K.

    ‘A New Poll Tax?’ finds that nearly 4 in 10 Londoners affected by the replacement of Council Tax Benefit by local schemes have been unable to meet these payments and have received a court summons.

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  • An overview of welfare reform in London


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    This presentation on the impact of benefit cuts in London was given to the London Borough of Lambeth’s welfare reform conference in September 2012.

    It's available to download as a PDF (see right).

  • Autumn Statement: economic growth and child poverty

    November 2011
    briefing

    In our submission to the Treasury in advance of the 2011 Autumn Statement, we ask for more action to reach child poverty targets, and to create and protect decent jobs. We also ask the Government to apply its 'Fairness Test' to spending plans and deficit reduction.

  • Benefit claimants become filmmakers to challenge stereotypes

    October 15, 2013
    press release

    Dole Animators, a ground-breaking project based in Leeds, is a group of jobseekers, single parents and disabled people who have made an animated film about their experience claiming support through social security during the period when the government’s welfare reforms are being implemented.

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  • Campaigners respond with concern to latest welfare proposals

    May 27, 2010
    press release

    Leading members of the Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR) today responded with concern to Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reform proposals.

    John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, and a leading member of SCoWR said;

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  • Can welfare reform work?

    Issue 139 (Summer 2011)
    article

    Since the late 1990s, successive governments have engaged in the process of welfare reform. A cross-party consensus has emerged, which prioritises moving benefit recipients into work and increasing the role of private and voluntary providers in delivering employment services. Sharon Wright outlines the pros and cons of this approach.

  • Celebrating sixty years of the welfare state?

    Issue 131 (Autumn 2008)
    article

    In the recent celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of the implementation of the majority of Beveridge’s welfare state reforms, the National Insurance Acts and the National Assistance Act, which together introduced a nationwide system of national insurance and a means-tested safety net, seem to have been forgotten. Fran Bennett looks at what happened.

  • Child Poverty Strategy is not a plan to end child poverty

    June 26, 2014
    press release

    Immediate Release

    CHILD POVERTY STRATEGY IS NOT A PLAN TO END CHILD POVERTY

    Commenting on today’s publication of the government’s child poverty strategy for 2014-17, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “We welcome the Government’s continued commitment to ending child poverty by 2020 but today’s strategy isn’t good news for a generation of children that needs the government to invest in their childhoods and life chances.

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