Income maximisation for families

Level: Basic

This half-day course looks at changes to benefits for people starting a family and families with young children, both in and out of work.

Maximising income in the early years is vital for children’s health, education and development. This course aims to give frontline workers a basic awareness to help you to identify problems and refer on where appropriate.

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Emergency Budget: CPAG's letter to the Chancellor

June 2010

CPAG has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne, in the run-up to the Emergency Budget on 22 June 2010. Our letter details the action needed to ensure that:

  • measures taken against the deficit are fair towards low income families;
  • progress is made towards the Government's goal of ending child poverty by 2010.

Social Fund reform: debt, credit and low-income households: CPAG's response to the consultation

June 2010

This is CPAG's response to the consultation initiated by the Labour government on reform of the social fund. This was a last minute attempt by the Labour Government to reassess the chance for social fund reform which was also linked in with providing low interest loans for those on low incomes. The new Coalition Governement has been looking at the responses and we have yet to hear whether there will be a positive set of policy proposals as a result.

The Spending Review 2010: Ending child poverty and securing a stable economy

September 2010

This is CPAG’s submission to the Treasury in the run-up to the Spending Review 2010. In it we review the progress on child poverty since 1998 and outline a legislative framework which requires the Government to meet the targets in the Child Poverty Act and the Equality Act.

White Paper on Universal Credit: submission to Work and Pensions Committee

December 2010

The White Paper Universal Credit: welfare that works set out the Coalition Government’s plans to reform the welfare system by creating a new universal credit. CPAG's response, while supporting the core aims of simplicity and increased work incentives, expresses our concern that the Government is embarking on such an ambitious and potentially risky programme of reform in such haste, in the context of extensive cuts

'Tackling Child Poverty and Improving Life Chances' - CPAG's response to the consultation

February 2011

This response sets out our detailed analysis of the Government's child poverty strategy proposals, with our recommendations for improvement.

How should the child poverty strategy reduce poverty in migrant communities? A response to the 'Tackling Child Poverty and Improving Life Chances' consultation

February 2011

This response supplements CPAG's main response to the consultation (see below) but it focuses on the needs of families in migrant communities. It sets out the actions we believe necessary for the strategy to reflect the particular needs of a group of children who are particularly vulnerable to poverty.

'Strengthening families, promoting parental responsibility: the future of child maintenance' - CPAG's response

April 2011

The Government proposes that separating parents should make their own child support arrangements rather than use the statutory scheme, for which it will impose charges that will deter low-income parents from using it. Our response expresses CPAG's concern that the plans are more about saving money than helping separating parents – and risk increasing child poverty in lone parent families.

Communities and Local Government Department review of statutory duties placed on local government - CPAG's submission

April 2011

The Government's ‘informal’ six-week consultation reviewed the 1,294 statutory duties that central government currently places on local authorities. These range from some that sound relatively trivial, to others that are vital to the health and wellbeing of children. We are particularly concerned at the threat to duties set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010, to which all political parties signed up.

On the receiving end: perspectives on being out of work and claiming benefits

July 2011

This report by Sharon Wright and Tina Haux presents the findings of a study of advice and employment services for benefit recipients, from the perspectives of service users and advisers.

The study included sixteen in-depth interviews with people receiving advice about benefits, tax credits and job seeking from different agencies. There was also a focus group to explore the perspectives of advisers. Claimants and advisers are quoted extensively in the report to illustrate the authors' expert analysis. The report ends with CPAG policy conclusions and recommendations, in the context of the latest government proposals for welfare reform.