Job vacancy: PA to CEO/Office Manager

9 January 2019

We are looking for an experienced PA to provide support to the Chief Executive. The role also involves office management, personnel responsibilities and assisting the Board of Trustees. Read more.

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Latest training and events ebulletin is available

8 January 2019

Start the year with a fresh look at your 2019 training needs! Our latest ebulletin about all things training and events is now live. Read it here. Remember to sign up for regular ebulletins straight to your inbox.

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Childcare costs in universal credit

December 2018

Using cases from our Early Warning System, this submission to the Work and Pensions Select Committee highlights issues parents face in claiming childcare costs through universal credit. One of the biggest issues is the fact that families have to pay for childcare upfront and wait weeks - or sometimes months for reimbursement. This can cause financial difficulty and in some cases makes taking up a job impossible. Strict and complicated rules around reporting costs also mean that some families inadvertently lose out on support. For some families the proportion of childcare costs they can claim through universal credit has in fact fallen compared with the legacy system.

Offices to re-open on 3 Jan 2019

21 December 2018

Child Poverty Action Group's offices in London and Glasgow will close at 4pm on Friday 21st December 2018 and reopen on 3 January 2019. 

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Court of Appeal hears two-child limit challenge

December 19, 2018

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is continuing its legal challenge to the two-child limit for universal credit and tax credit payments in the Court of Appeal on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th December. (1) The case is brought on behalf of two lone mothers who each had more than one child before the policy started in April 2017 and who then gave birth to another child after that date. The policy denies the child element of tax credits and universal credit to third and subsequent children.

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2018: the year in review

The United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, completed his 10 day visit in November by concluding that the UK's high child poverty rate was “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster, all rolled into one”. Our work campaigning for policies that will prevent and solve poverty, training and advising those who support hard-up families, and mounting legal challenges to protect people’s rights, is as vital as ever.


Today’s draft Scottish budget plans represent a missed opportunity to tackle growing child poverty in Scotland, say campaigners.

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Debate briefing: Impact of welfare cuts and universal credit on poverty

We recently briefed MSPs ahead of a debate on the impact of UK government welfare cuts and universal credit on poverty. 


Child poverty campaigners welcome new IPPR Scotland budget analysis

Child poverty campaigners have welcomed new analysis published today (6/12/18) by the independent IPPR think tank showing how freezing higher rate tax thresholds could raise revenue to tackle child poverty. 

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Lessons from the welfare reform summit

Welfare reform and its effects have rarely been out of the news in the past few years – and rightly so. But the focus of coverage is often on political arguments taking place at Westminster. It’s vital we hear from those directly affected by the changes to social security, and from those who work with and support them. There is a wealth of experience to be learned from people on the front line.