The Employment and Support Allowance (Transitional Provisions) (Existing Awards) Regulations (2010): SSAC consultation response

February 2010

CPAG responded to the Social Security Advisory Committee consultation on new regulations allowing for the movement of existing claimants of incapacity benefit, income support on grounds of disability and severe disablement allowance onto employment and support allowance (ESA).

'Supporting people into work: the next stage of Housing Benefit reform': CPAG's response to the DWP consultation

February 2010

This response highlights CPAG's concerns over proposed housing benefit reforms, and reflects our view that any such reforms need to safeguard the needs of claimants and their children. While we welcome reforms that will remove financial barriers to employment, we believe that the primary purpose of housing benefit is to ensure that all low income families, whether or not they are in employment, have access to good quality housing.

Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales

February 2011

In this response we argue strongly against the Government’s proposals to remove social security and other areas of social welfare law from the scope of legal aid. We believe that these reforms will have a negative impact on child poverty by reducing access to welfare rights and social welfare advice, and that this in its turn will have consequences elsewhere. We also believe that the costs of dealing with the consequences of cuts in legal aid are likely to outweigh any "savings" the Government believes it is making.

Response to disability living allowance reform consultation

February 2011

CPAG's response outlines our serious concerns regarding Government proposals to replace disability living allowance (DLA) with a new personal independence payment.

Welfare Reform Bill: second reading briefing from CPAG

March 2011

This briefing written for MPs summarises CPAG's position on the Welfare Reform Bill 2011 as at March 2011, our fourteen key concerns and our ten principles for welfare reform.

Local support to replace community care grants and crisis loans for living expenses: a briefing by CPAG

April 2011

The social fund helps people on low incomes cope with emergency expenses. The Government proposes to effectively abolish this fund and allocate parts of it to local authorities to use how they think fit, in accordance with the 'localism' principle. CPAG is strongly against these proposals.

Joint Briefing: Report and Third Reading of the Welfare Reform Bill

June 2011

CPAG is part of an consortium of leading organisations with expertise in the UK welfare system, who work to support clients and reduce poverty. We have come together to influence the Bill as it passes through Parliament. This briefing reflects core concerns common to the group. We hope that Report stage will provide an opportunity for key changes to the Bill, which we feel are needed if the Government is to fully achieve its stated aim of increasing simplicity and fairness in the benefit system, and ensuring that work is an effective route out of poverty in Britain.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill Second Reading CPAG briefing paper

June 2011

The Ministry of Justice plans to "save" £22 million by removing welfare benefits matters from the scope of legal aid funding. CPAG opposes this move because advice and representation on welfare rights is a vital tool to help people living in poverty. Social security is a highly complex and fast changing area of law. Even if it is simplified by the Government’s welfare reform proposals, this is likely to take years to achieve. In the meantime, claimants will be deprived of vital advice at a time of major upheaval in the system - leading to increased poverty, debt, and homelessness.

Housing benefit - the problem areas

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Housing benefit is there to help with rent and avoid eviction, including for the growing number of people in low-paid work. Yet over four billion pounds of housing benefit goes unclaimed by over one million households. With the roll out of universal credit not due to complete until 2022, housing benefit remains as important as ever.

This one-day course looks in detail at a number of common areas of dispute that housing benefit claimants may face and how they can be resolved to ensure maximum entitlement is received.

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