Editorial: Poverty 158

Issue 158 (Autumn 2017)

As this editorial is being written, Theresa May has just given her closing speech to the Conservative Party conference. Pressure has been building on the government to dial back austerity, improve the affordability of housing, do more to create financial security for young people, and fix its flagship welfare reform programme: the now infamous universal credit. The articles in this issue highlight some of the challenges it might have addressed: the cost of austerity for single parents, the rise of food bank use, and the growing problem of in-work poverty.

Protecting the vulnerable – how to keep 100% Council Tax Reduction in your area!


As the elected Mayor of Bedford Borough, in 2013 I faced 40 per cent cuts in local government financing, a new localism agenda and welfare reform. As part of welfare reform, local councils had to devise their own Council Tax Reduction Scheme to replace the Council Tax Benefit System, taking on this responsibility from central government.

Appeal rights and mandatory reconsideration

Issue 260 (October 2017)

Ros White considers CPAG’s recent test case success in the Upper Tribunal.

‘Closing’ universal credit claims

Issue 260 (October 2017)

Martin Williams looks at the DWP practice of ‘closing’ claims to universal credit (UC).

Challenges of Poverty: Parents' Voices.

October 2017

This Early Warning System short report is published as part of Challenge Poverty Week 2017 to highlight, through the experiences of low income families, and in their words, how poverty and welfare changes impact on child and family wellbeing.

PIP and ‘social support’

Issue 260 (October 2017)

Simon Osborne reviews recent caselaw about personal independence payment (PIP) and ‘social support’ when engaging with other people.

‘Two-child limit’: the exceptions

Issue 260 (October 2017)

Following the introduction of the ‘two-child limit’ in April 2017 (as described in Bulletin 257), Mark Willis takes a closer look at the exceptions now that government guidance is available.

NB: The 'interim period' during which transitional protection applies in universal credit to children born before 6 April 2017 has now been extended to 31 January 2019 following November 2018 Budget announcement.

OUT NOW - Poverty: the facts | 6th edition

19 October 2017

CPAG’s flagship policy publication provides the clearest and most comprehensive picture of poverty in the UK today. For more information and to order your copy, click here.

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Opposition Day Debate: Pause and fix of roll-out of Universal Credit briefing for MPs

October 2017

Read our briefing for MPs in advance of the Opposition Day Debate: Pause and fix of roll-out of Universal Credit, after Prime Minister’s Questions, Wednesday 18th October 2017.

Universal Credit: Full Steam Ahead Seminar Early Bird tickets are on SALE NOW

12 October 2017

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