‘You can’t live on thin air’: the wait for universal support

Issue 160 (summer 2018)

The impact of the transition to universal credit is only just beginning to be felt. By the end of 2018, all job centres across the UK will be processing claimants in the new system, and by 2022 all existing eligible claimants still on the legacy benefits will have been migrated to the new system – 12 million households.

Editorial: Poverty 160

Issue 160 (summer 2018)

New poverty figures show that child poverty has risen for the third year in a row, to 4.1 million (after housing costs). And analysis by the University of York shows that families in poverty are now more than £60 a week below the poverty line on average, compared with just over £50 10 years ago. This ‘poverty gap’ has increased most starkly since 2012, when the first round of this decade’s welfare reforms started to take real effect.

CPAG legal action leads to full arrears for disabled claimants

July 18, 2018

Child Poverty Action Group welcomes the Work and Pensions Secretary’s announcement today that arrears for up to 70,000 disabled people who were underpaid when they were moved from incapacity benefit (IB) to employment and support allowance (ESA) will be backdated to the date that they moved to ESA. The announcement follows legal action from CPAG which challenged the Department’s original decision to limit backdating of the arrears to 2014, the date of a tribunal decision.

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Job opportunity

24 July 2018

Welfare Rights Worker (Scotland)

28 hours per week

£31,761 - 35,104 (pro rata)

CPAG in Scotland is looking for an experienced welfare rights adviser to join the team in Glasgow delivering benefits and tax credits advice, information and training to staff working in frontline services across Scotland.

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CPAG response to the Scottish Govenment consultation on Best Start Grants

July 2018

CPAG in Scotland submitted a response to the Scottish Government's consultation on Best Start Grants. The response is available here.

CPAG response on passported benefits

July 2018


CPAG in Scotland submitted a response to the Social Security Committee of the Scottish Parliament's call for evidence on passported benefits. Our submission can be found here.

It’s time to start listening: what the Department for Work and Pensions needs to learn about universal credit

In the Commons last week, Work and Pensions ministers responded to concerns about universal credit by offering to look at individual constituency cases MPs were raising, where things might not be going quite right. They gave the impression that anything not working was an anomaly – and that they’d listen and fix these cases. What we’re seeing through our Early Warning System, however, is that cases where things go wrong don’t tend to be anomalies – they're the tip of the iceberg.

Top universal credit issues revealed

10 July 2018

The most common universal credit problems we're seeing include administrative errors, problems with housing costs and difficulties making a claim. Our analysis of cases sent to our early warning system shows that these, and other problems, are arising again and again and need a systemic solution.

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Welfare Rights Conference 2018

10 July 2018

Manchester – Thursday 13 September

London – Friday 28 September

Time: 09:15 - 16:00

Despite a growing avalanche of evidence that universal credit (UC) is causing hardship and pushing thousands of children and their families further into poverty, the roll out of UC continues.

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