welfare reform

  • Rights (and wrongs) of sanctions

    24 July 2014
    news

    At Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), we’ve had longstanding concerns about the use of sanctions, which are basically cuts to benefit payments of up to 100% for up to 3 years, and the obvious knock-on impacts on child poverty.  And as the letter in today's Times that we and others have signed shows, we’re not alone in having profound concerns with how sanctions are working.

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  • Rights (and wrongs) of sanctions

    At Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), we’ve had longstanding concerns about the use of sanctions, which are basically cuts to benefit payments of up to 100% for up to 3 years, and the obvious knock-on impacts on child poverty.  And as the letter in today's Times that we and others have signed shows, we’re not alone in having profound concerns with how sanctions are working.

    Until now, there’s been little authoritative evidence of how sanctions are being applied, rightly or wrongly, beyond data suggesting a huge increase in their application in recent years.

  • Scottish parents 'penalised' by UK Welfare reforms

    February 24, 2009
    press release

    Anti-poverty campaigners are today (Tuesday) telling UK Ministers that their proposed Welfare Reform Bill will penalise parents in Scotland and risk plunging more Scottish children into poverty.

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  • Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Briefing: 5 October 2011


    briefing

    A coalition of over sixty of Scotland’s leading charities, unions and faith groups, is calling on Scotland’s MSPs to ensure UK government welfare reforms, to be debated in the Scottish Parliament today (Wednesday 5th), are thoroughly scrutinised before deciding whether to reject or approve any legislative consent motion (LCM) required to implement the reforms in Scotland.

  • Shredding the safety net to our national safety net

    The UK’s social security system has long recognised that benefit levels are not sufficient for claimants to build up savings and manage unexpected or one-off costs. However, from April 2015, there will be no source of funding for this.

  • Statement on PIP: CPAG RESPONSE

    March 23, 2016
    press release

    Responding today to Stephen Crabb’s statement on personal independence payments, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

    “Stephen Crabb is to be congratulated for halting the PIP cuts and saying that there will be no more social security cuts this Parliament.

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  • Supreme Court to decide on ‘unlawful’ bedroom tax


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    Following last month’s victory in the Court of Appeal, the battle continues for Paul and Sue Rutherford and their severely disabled grandson, Warren. The Court held that the ‘bedroom tax’ (or under-occupancy penalty) is in breach of the Human Rights Act 1998, unlawfully discriminating against disabled children requiring overnight care and victims of domestic violence living in Sanctuary Scheme Homes (in the case of ‘A’). The Government was quick to appeal this decision. We have been representing the Rutherford family since 2013 and will be in the Supreme Court defending the Court of Appeal’s decision from 29 February. SSWP v Rutherfords has been joined with other bedroom tax cases, MA & Others and A.

  • Tax credits 'calamity' hammers 200,000 families

    2 May 2012
    news

    Over 200,000 families will lose their entire working tax credit support, worth £3,870

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  • The future of Local Welfare Assistance Schemes

    This week, the government committed to making a fresh decision on how Local Welfare Assistance Schemes (LWAS) (also called Local Welfare Provision) will be funded in 2015/16. Their decision will be informed by a thorough examination of how schemes are functioning, and the needs of those that benefit from them - great news for the vulnerable people that rely on them in times of need.

  • The importance of local welfare assistance

    Maria is one of thousands of parents up and down the country who have received support from their council through local welfare provision funding. She was living with her abusive partner and her child, with no access to the household’s money, and no family in the country.