Benefits for young people

Level: Standard

This course will help advisers, social services staff, housing workers, youth and education workers and anyone advising young people to get to grips with the complex and changing benefit rules relating to young people. 

The course looks at how the benefits system applies to young people, particularly those aged 16–21.

The course covers:

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Mental health and benefits

Level: Standard

This course provides a practical and tactical look at working with people with mental health diagnoses to help secure full entitlement to benefits, and to help avoid some of the pitfalls of the system. 

The course covers: 

• Common diagnoses, symptoms, medication and side-effects
• Barriers to people getting the right entitlement
• Personal independence payment in a mental health context
• Medical tests for employment and support allowance and universal credit
• Tactics for dealing with other benefit issues


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Benefit cap myths exposed

January 23, 2012

On the day that members of the House of Lords vote on key amendments on the proposals for a household benefits cap, Child Poverty Action Group are exposing the myths on which the policy is based.

The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

"The household benefit cap policy is built on a foundation of myths, but the 210,000 children affected will face harsh realities of severe poverty and homelessness.

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Government abandons low income families in child poverty u-turn

November 29, 2011

Responding to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

“Britain’s poorest families have been abandoned today and left to face the worst. The increase in child tax credit that the Chancellor said last year was there to stop child poverty rising for at least two years has been cancelled today.

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London families need jobs they can raise a family on

October 20, 2011

In response to the publication of the London Poverty Profile published today by the Trust for London, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said:

“This valuable, in-depth report is the latest to spell out the extent and the depth of poverty facing London’s children.

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CPAG response to inflation rise

October 18, 2011

In response to the higher than anticipated inflation figures for September published today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said:

“Caught between the spiralling cost of essentials and a fall in the real value of benefits, it is low income families who are truly feeling the squeeze.

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Court rules to allow discriminatory impacts of Housing Benefit cuts

October 13, 2011

The High Court of Justice has today passed down judgment in favour of the Government in a Judicial Review brought by Child Poverty Action Group. The review concerned two specific cuts to housing benefit that came into force this April:

  • Restriction of maximum household size to four bedrooms
  • Caps on the amount of Housing Benefit a household can receive

Child Poverty Action Group’s case in support of disadvantaged families against the Government was:

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Government must act urgently on devastating child poverty warning

October 11, 2011

In response to the publication of a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which projects child poverty to rise by 800,000 children as a result of the Government’s policies, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“This devastating report leaves the Government’s child poverty and social mobility strategies in jeopardy. The Government has to stop pretending you can fight poverty or improve life chances by making the poor poorer.

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CPAG response to PM's party conference speech

October 5, 2011

In response to David Cameron’s party conference speech, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“There was a child poverty-sized hole in this speech. The Prime Minister said his party would lift the poorest up but his speech completely ignores the fact that as a result of his government’s policies child poverty will rise significantly and is totally silent on what the government plans to do to meet the 2020 child poverty target by helping struggling low-income families.

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Legal Aid – benefits advice reduces poverty amongst disabled children

August 2011

This short briefing explains how removing legal aid for welfare benefits advice will increase already high levels of poverty amongst disabled children and adults.