Children of austerity

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Thanks to the UNICEF Office for Research a book has been published today tracing what happened to children in rich countries following the financial crisis:

B Cantillon, Y Chzhen, S Handa and B Nolan, Children of Austerity: impact of the great recession on child poverty in rich countries, Oxford: OUP, 2017.

Health & Sport Committee Debate: Inquiry into the Preventative Health Agenda

April 2017

Increasing the financial resources available to families in Scotland will make a significant impact towards tackling the causes of poor health and prevent poverty-related demand on services.

This briefing for MSPs for the Health and Sport Committee's Debate on the Inquiry into the Preventative Health Agenda highlights the impact that child poverty has on health inequalities.

OUT TODAY - Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook 2017/18

12 April 2017

For more information and to purchase your copy, click here

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Latest Early Warning System newsletter

31 March 2017

Read our latest Early Warning System newsletter which includes: How universal credit is affecting families; Newsflash for welfare rights workers; How we have used the cases; and more.

Sign up to receive updates from the Early Warning System here.

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UK household food insecurity: the importance of income

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Stark new food insecurity statistics highlight how many young people and those on low incomes are struggling to get enough food to eat.

EXTENDING FREE SCHOOL MEALS: A COMPELLING CASE

April 6, 2017

Welcoming the Labour party’s commitment to extending free school meals to all primary school children, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

 “This is a welcome move which we have long campaigned for. The evidence on the benefits for children of extending school meals is very strong. It shows children’s school results are boosted, their diet improves and parents in food poverty have more to spend on nutritious breakfast and dinners for their kids. What’s more, free school meals save families much-needed money and strengthen work incentives, helping parents get better off through work.

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Eight things you should know about the benefit cap

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‘Fairness’ was the word Lord Freud used to justify the lowering of the benefit cap. But there is no fairness to be found in a policy that ignores assessed need, mostly affects people who can’t work to increase their income, and hits households with children in 93 per cent of cases.

TWO-CHILD LIMIT WILL SEE 200,000 MORE CHILDREN IN POVERTY

3 April 2017

Limiting universal credit payments to two children per family will push another 200,000 more children under the official poverty line once universal credit fully bites.  The biggest group affected wiil be working families with three kids... See Media Section for full press release

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Two-child limit - 200,000 more children in poverty

April 2017

New cuts limiting universal credit to the first two children in a family – starting Thursday April 6th - will push another 200,000 children below the official poverty line, new analysis by CPAG and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows. 

Our briefing covers what the two child limit is, how it will affect families, and why it is both unfair and illogical. 

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TWO-CHILD LIMIT FOR UNIVERSAL CREDIT: 200,000 MORE CHILDREN PUT IN POVERTY

April 3, 2017

New cuts limiting universal credit to the first two children in a family – starting Thursday April 6th - will push another 200,000 children below the official poverty line, new analysis from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows (1) 

The biggest group affected will be working families with three children, who will miss out on up to £2,780 per year as a result of the cut. Larger, non-working families already have their benefit awards limited by the benefit cap so are not the main target of the policy.

 Overall, upwards of an estimated 850,000 families with more than two children are likely to be affected, around two thirds of whom will be working. Approximately two thirds will have only three children. (2)

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