The cost of a child

Issue 143 (Autumn 2012)

How much does it cost to bring up a child, free of material hardship and social disadvantage, in the UK today? How should these costs be measured and what costs should be included? And how adequate is the benefits system in meeting the cost of children? Donald Hirsch draws on his latest work to provide some answers.

We're looking for a Legal Officer (Solicitor)

17 October 2012

We need a dynamic lawyer who can help ensure the most vulnerable in society are protected. It's an opportunity to work on interesting, legally complex and high profile cases in an organisation that is recognised as being the leader in social security law expertise. Find out more and apply

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New dates for Universal credit and Personal independence payment

12 October 2012

We are running new dates for a one-day universal credit course and a half-day personal independence payment course in Edinburgh and Glasgow in February 2013.

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CPAG in Scotland comments on Social Fund Draft Guidance

12 October 2012

We commented on the consultation on the draft guidance for the Scottish Community Support Fund.

We are concerned the draft guidance produced to date lacks the detail needed to ensure consistency. More detail is needed on all aspects of the arrangements, e.g. on managing and monitoring the budget and on the need for properly recorded and communicated decision making, as well as to ensure that vulnerable people who currently rely on crisis loans and community care grants are protected in the new schemes.

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Prime Minister's speech to the Conservative Party conference

10 October 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron today issued a call to build an 'aspiration nation'  in his keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference.

In a speech which contained a number of references to social security, the Prime Minister said:

"Work isn't slavery, it's poverty that is slavery... ...and again it's us, the modern compassionate Conservative party, who are the real champions of fighting poverty in Britain today."

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CPAG response to PM's Conservative Party conference speech: ‘Rising child poverty the real cap on aspiration for children’

October 10, 2012

Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech at the Conservative Party conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“Rising child poverty will be the real cap on aspiration for an increasing number of children in the coming years.

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CPAG responds to proposals to limit number of children for whom benefits can be received

8 October 2012

Child Poverty Action Group's Chief Executive, Alison Garnham, has spoken out against proposals from George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith that unemployed families should have their benefits capped if they have more children. She said: “With this abhorrent proposal, the Chancellor is saying that some children will be marked out from birth as second class citizens with their lives worth less than others.

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Abhorrent plans will mark children as second class citizens from birth

October 8, 2012

Commenting on George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith’s proposal that unemployed families should have their benefits capped if they have more children, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“With this abhorrent proposal, the Chancellor is saying that some children will be marked out from birth as second class citizens with their lives worth less than others.

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Personal independence payment

Level: Standard

This popular one-day course provides an introduction to personal independence payment (PIP).

It covers:

• Who is entitled to PIP
• The disability test
• Claiming PIP and getting paid
• Stays in hospital or residential care
• Transferring to PIP from disability living allowance

It is suitable for advisers with a working knowledge of sickness and disability benefits, but assumes no previous knowledge of PIP. For others who do not work specifically in welfare rights but do want to support clients, see Personal Independence Payment – The Essentials.

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Response to DWP consultation on ceasing production of income-related benefits take-up statistics

October 2012

This is CPAG’s response to a DWP consultation gathering views on its proposal to end, or at the very least limit, the production of take-up estimates for six key means-tested benefits. DWP argues that producing the statistics is too expensive in the current climate. In addition, it assert that the figures will become increasingly redundant from October 2013 with the introduction of universal credit. In our response we disagree on both counts.