Press Releases

  • UNIVERSAL CREDIT CLAIMANTS BLOCKED FROM CHALLENGING DWP DECISIONS

    July 19, 2019

    Universal credit (UC) claimants who suspect the DWP has made a mistake in their award and ask for a review are too often blocked by DWP error and failures in the system, a new report from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows.

    Research for the report – Computer Says No: challenging decisions - draws on the charity’s Early Warning System (EWS) which to date has gathered and analysed 1,600 benefit cases from welfare rights advisers across the UK (see case studies below and in full report).    

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  • SURVEY FINDS TWO-CHILD LIMIT IS TAKING A HEAVY TOLL ON FAMILY LIFE

    June 26, 2019

                                 
    •    One million poor children in deeper poverty by 2023
    •    Family relationships under strain
    •    Several women reported considering terminations
    •    Parents cutting back on absolute essentials and siblings going without childhood ‘fundamentals’ - eg riding a   bike, swimming lessons, soft play, school trips
    •    Parents’ guilt and shame at not being able to provide for children’s needs

    The first detailed research on the impact of the two-child limit in tax credits and universal credit, All Kids Count: the impact of the two-child limit after two years, reveals the scale of suffering in families affected by the policy with parents reporting that they are being forced to cut back on fresh food for children, unable to cover essential utility bills, accruing debt and being forced to withdraw older children from activities like swimming lessons and school trips. 

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  • Child Poverty Action Group welcomes Supreme Court judgment in Samuels v Birmingham City Council

    June 12, 2019

    Background

    Ms Samuels applied to Birmingham City Council for housing assistance in June 2012 and July 2013, having fallen into rent arrears because of a substantial shortfall (just over £150 per month) between the rent on her private tenancy and her housing benefit of £550 a month.

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  • A package to restore benefits for children could lift more than 700,000 children out of poverty

    June 5, 2019

    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is calling for re-investment in social security support for the UK’s children in a new report detailing the costs of restoring a catalogue of cuts to social security - including sub-inflationary uprating since 2013/14 - and providing a blueprint for making universal credit fit for families.

    The scandal of rising child poverty should be a priority for politicians of all parties and this report sets out the first steps needed to respond to the crisis.

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  • CPAG RESPONSE TO UN RAPPORTEUR’S REPORT

    May 22, 2019

     Responding to today’s report from the UN Special Rapporteur on Poverty, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

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  • RESPONSE TO SUPREME COURT BENEFIT CAP RULING

    May 15, 2019

    The Supreme Court has today ruled against a challenge to the Government’s benefit cap policy brought by five* lone parents and their children.  Two of the lone parents and their children were represented by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).   

    Responding to the decision, CPAG’s Head of Strategic Litigation Carla Clarke said: 

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  • UNIVERSAL CREDIT CLAIMANTS LEFT IN THE DARK ABOUT THEIR ENTITLEMENTS

    May 1, 2019

    Universal credit (UC) claimants are routinely in the dark about how much they should receive, how their awards are calculated and if and how they can challenge DWP decisions, because the Department’s communications with claimants are opaque and inadequate, new analysis from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) finds.

    One in five of the 1,110 UC cases referred to the charity’s Early Warning System - which gathers and analyses cases from welfare rights advisers across the UK - involve a DWP administrative error likely to result in a claimant getting the wrong amount. Because UC rolls six different ‘old’ benefits into one, often claimants cannot tell what its components are - and so cannot know if it is right. And since information provided by the DWP about how their award has been worked out is frequently inadequate, payments may be wrong, and go unchallenged. As a result, many claimants are at risk of sliding into debt, CPAG warns. 

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  • Lone parents aim for Supreme Court in ongoing legal challenge against the ‘two-child limit’ in tax credits and universal credit

    April 16, 2019

    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court on behalf of two lone mothers with children affected by the two-child limit. The move follows a Court of Appeal decision today which recognised that children in families with more than two children were prejudicially affected by the policy, but considered that the court was not a suitable institution for deciding on the balance between the interests of children and the interests of the community as a whole in ensuring parental responsibility.

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  • Two-child limit will tip 300,000 more children into poverty – new research for the policy’s two-year anniversary today

    April 6, 2019

    On today’s two-year anniversary of the two-child limit, new research for the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows 300,000 more children will be in poverty as a result of the policy by the time universal credit is fully rolled out in 2023-2024 (1). The policy, which restricts child allowances in universal credit and tax credits to the first two children in a family, has so far hit an estimated 150,000 families with children aged under two.

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  • CHILDREN GROWING UP IN POVERTY ENDURE HUNGER AND SHAME

    April 3, 2019

    Children in low-income families are going hungry and are being exposed to feelings of shame and social exclusion because of lack of money and food, new research from UCL, published by Child Poverty Action Group shows.

     Free school meals are not accessible to many children whose parents are on a low income and even when they are, the research finds, they may not provide enough food for children’s needs, especially in the teenage years, given daily allowances of just over £2. Some children in the study who came from the most severely deprived families, with no recourse to public funds (NRPF), simply did not eat at all during the school day.

     

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