Tax credits: changes and performance

Issue 201 (February 2008)

Nearly five years on, and the tax credits scheme still appears to be a work in progress. Mark Willis looks at some of the latest changes and performance.

Government press on with compulsion

Issue 201 (February 2008)

A trio of official publications in late 2007 and early this year provide further detail of the increasing compulsion - or conditionality - being applied to benefit claimants, with the accompanying threat of sanctions (and resulting poverty) for non-compliance. Simon Osborne describes the announcements.

The 'local housing allowance' rules

Issue 201 (February 2008)

New housing benefit (HB) rent restriction1rules - the 'local housing allowance' (LHA) rules - are due to be introduced nationwide from 7 April 2008. Far from simplifying the HB rules, a new layer of complexity will be added. An additional difficulty is that, until 6 April 2009, there will be two versions of some of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 and the Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit) Regulations 2006.2 Carolyn George sets out the detail.

  • 1. Reg 13C HB Regs; reg 13C HB(SPC) Regs
  • 2. The amendments are made by the Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2007 SI No 2868, the Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit)(Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2007 SI No 2869 and the Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance, Miscellaneous and Consequential) Amendment Regulations 2007 SI No 2870. Some amendments to these are in the pipeline. The old versions continue to apply to a particular claimant until the first of specified events occurs, or if earlier, 6 April 2009: see reg 1(5)-(7) HB(LHA&IS)A Regs and reg 1(5)-(7) HB(SPC)(LHA&IS)A Regs.

New report shows children going hungry despite free school meals

14 June 2012

The British Youth Council and Child Poverty Action Group published a joint report, Going Hungry? Young people’s experiences of free school meals, on the failure of the free school meals system to reach all children in poverty.

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Going Hungry? Young people's experience of free school meals

June 2012

Child Poverty Action Group and the British Youth Council published this report Going Hungry? Young people’s experiences of free school meals on the failure of the free school meals system to reach all children in poverty.

“Unprecedented child poverty progress under massive threat from Coalition policies”

14 June 2012

Commenting on the latest official poverty statistics published today, John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland said:

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“Unprecedented child poverty progress under massive threat from Coalition policies” say campaigners

June 14, 2012

Commenting on the latest official poverty statistics published today, John Dickie, head of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland said;

“Unprecedented progress has been made in reducing child poverty in Scotland as a result of policies at a UK and Scotland level, but that progress is now under massive threat from UK government policies.

The Coalition must now rise to the challenge, rethink their child poverty strategy and reject attempts to move the goalposts and redefine, rather than lift, children out of poverty.

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Child poverty 2010/11 official poverty figures media briefing

June 2012

14th June 2012 saw the publication of the latest official child poverty figures for the UK and for Scotland.

British children need Coalition to prove commitment to reducing child poverty

June 14, 2012

Today’s new child poverty figures confirm that while the ambitious target for 2010 was not reached, it drove forward major progress reducing child poverty across all measures:

  • Absolute poverty reduced by more than half (from 3.4 million children to 1.4 million children since 1999)
  • Relative poverty reduced by 1.1 million children (from 3.4 million to 2.3 million since 1999)
  • Material deprivation reduced by 300,000 children (from 2.2 million to 1.9 million since 2005).
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New child poverty figures released today

14 June 2012

The government has published the most recent child poverty figures for the UK in its report Households Below Average Incomes 2010/11.

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