Universal credit: who gains, who loses, and how does transitional protection really work?

There is a lot of discussion in the media this week about the immediate and long-term impact of Universal Credit (UC), whether people will be better or worse off, and whether the ‘losers’ will have their incomes protected when they first move over to UC. This blog seeks to clarify the story.

Job vacancy: Judicial Review Project Worker

9 October 2018

We're recruiting a Judicial Review Project Worker to join our legal team. More details.

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Universal credit managed migration: briefing for parliamentarians

October 2018

We have produced a briefing for MPs and peers, because in the next few months they will be debating the way people already claiming certain benefits will be moved onto universal credit. This process is called 'managed migration'. You can read the briefing here.

Representation for the 2018 Budget

October 2018

We have submitted our representation to the Treasury in advance of the Budget on 29 October. You can read our submission here. As child poverty rises, there is an urgent need to implement policies that will reduce child poverty, including:

Evidence for the Social Security Committee's inquiry into universal credit and in-work poverty

October 2018

Universal credit was introduced with the promise of reducing poverty, simplifying the benefit system and incentivising work - however, CPAG in Scotland evidence provided to the Social Security Committee highlights that this not does appear to be the case.

Written evidence supplied to the Social Security Committee

Latest official analysis ”paints distressing picture” of how UK welfare reforms are pushing children into poverty

1 October 2018

Campaigners say it is “now critical that UK Ministers end the freeze on the uprating of family benefits”

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Latest official analysis ”paints distressing picture” of how UK welfare reforms are pushing children into poverty

October 2, 2018

For immediate release 1 October 2018

Campaigners say it is “now critical that UK Ministers end the freeze on the uprating of family benefits”

Responding to the publication today (01/10/18), of official Scottish Government analysis on the impact of welfare reform John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

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A Different Take: Promoting the voices of children, young people and families in debates on poverty in the UK

Families experiencing poverty are often in the spotlight – politicians plan to ‘turn their lives around’; some newspapers raise concerns about rising poverty rates while others draw our attention to cases of perceived benefit fraud; celebrities promote their views on the ways that people in poverty should be behaving differently and even on whether poverty exists at all; and TV programmes show highly sensationalised representations of how people and families in poverty spend their time.

The ‘poverty premium’: a pernicious double whammy

The proposed new poverty measure released this week by the Social Metrics Commission showed that whether or not you’re in poverty is determined by your income and your costs: not having enough resources to meet your essential costs is a defining feature of poverty. We know there are millions in the UK who are restricted in this way every day – having to go without. But compounding this is the ‘poverty premium’ – the additional costs associated with being poor that exert even more pressure on families who are already struggling.

Training course special offer

18 September 2018

Do you advise or support care-experienced young people? Want to get the latest update on benefits and financial support for care leavers? If so, our course, care leavers and the benefits system is just what you need. This half-day course covers;

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