Press Releases

  • SPRING STATEMENT: NO JUSTIFICATION FOR ONGOING BENEFITS FREEZE

    March 13, 2019

    Child Poverty Action Group is dismayed that today’s Spring Statement has not brought an end to the freeze on working age benefits, despite cross-party calls for the policy to stop.

     Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

     “Struggling families are desperate for an end to the freeze on working age benefits, but this Spring Statement leaves them out in the cold once again. Already the freeze has saved the Treasury more than was ever intended, so there can be no ongoing justification for these ‘stealth cuts’ that mean that the poorest in society have borne the heaviest burden from paying off the deficit.

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  • APPEAL COURT BREAKTHROUGH FOR DISABLED EU BENEFIT CLAIMANTS

    March 7, 2019

    Two disabled people who moved to the UK from other EU countries have won an important Appeal Court case which entitles them to disability-related benefits in the UK from shortly after they arrived rather than having to wait two years. The case, brought by Child Poverty Action Group and Harrow Law Centre, will enable disabled EU citizens and their carers who have a “genuine and sufficient” connection to the UK to receive social security support at an earlier point if they relocate to the UK.

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  • DISABLED HOUSEHOLDS WORSE OFF ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT AIM FOR COURT OF APPEAL

    March 1, 2019

    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is seeking leave to appeal direct to the Court of Appeal on behalf of two disabled households who were left worse off after they were forced to move to universal credit (UC) because their existing benefits were wrongly stopped by the DWP. The move follows a High Court decision today which rejected a claim of unlawful discrimination brought by the two households and refused permission to appeal.

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  • Single mother forced into homelessness by housing benefit shortfall goes to Supreme Court

    January 31, 2019

     Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and homeless charity Shelter are supporting a Supreme Court case today on behalf of a lone mother who was treated as intentionally homeless because she didn’t use her non-housing benefits that are intended to cover other living costs to cover the £35 weekly gap between her housing benefit and her rent. Housing benefit covers only a portion of private sector rent in 95% of England’s broad rental areas.

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  • Disabled households worse off and stranded on Universal Credit bring High Court case against DWP

    January 11, 2019

    Two households affected by disability who were left worse off after they were forced to move to universal credit (UC) from existing benefits following incorrect decisions by DWP will challenge DWP policy in the High Court this week (Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th January).

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  • HIGH COURT FINDS DWP UNLAWFUL ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT ASSESSMENTS

    January 11, 2019

     

    o DWP interpretation of universal credit regulations wrong

    o Calculation methods “... lead to nonsensical situations…”

    o DWP error meant “…severe cash-flow problems..” for claimants

     

    In a test case victory for a group of working lone mothers, the High Court found today that the way the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been assessing income from employment through its Universal Credit (UC) work assessment periods is unlawful.

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  • Court of Appeal hears two-child limit challenge

    December 19, 2018

    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is continuing its legal challenge to the two-child limit for universal credit and tax credit payments in the Court of Appeal on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th December. (1) The case is brought on behalf of two lone mothers who each had more than one child before the policy started in April 2017 and who then gave birth to another child after that date. The policy denies the child element of tax credits and universal credit to third and subsequent children.

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  • UN POVERTY RAPPORTEUR’S FINDINGS ARE A WAKE UP CALL

    November 16, 2018

    Responding to the UN Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty’s findings, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

     “The Rapporteur’s findings should be a wake-up call for government. Child poverty isn’t only happening elsewhere, it’s here in the UK and it’s rising. It’s in families where parents can’t work because of illness or disability but mostly it’s in families who work for low wages while costs are rising.

    "Wherever you are in the UK, you are never far from seeing the impact of poverty and austerity policies on the most vulnerable.

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  • NEW UNIVERSAL CREDIT REGULATIONS – MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR REDUCING RISK TO CLAIMANTS

    November 5, 2018

    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes  some of the changes to draft regulations governing the  migration of people on existing benefits to universal credit  but warns that the DWP has passed up an opportunity to reduce the risk that claimants will be left with no money if their existing benefits are stopped before their universal credit claim is up and running.    The Social Security Advisory Committee, CPAG and other organisations recommended that existing benefit claimants should be moved to universal credit automatically so that the responsibility for ensuring people don’t have income gaps lies firmly with the DWP. 

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  • BUDGET 2018: UNIVERSAL CREDIT MOVES WELCOME BUT ROOT AND BRANCH CHANGE MUST COME

    October 29, 2018

    Child Poverty Action Group warmly welcomes the Chancellor’s decision to increase the work allowances in universal credit by £1,000 but warns that a root and branch review of the design of universal credit is still needed, before the benefit is near fit for purpose. As yet there has been no announcement of an end to the benefits freeze. Since 2010 £37bn of funding has been removed from social security.

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