Child poverty harms children’s educational opportunities

April 2, 2018

Growing child poverty is affecting children’s learning, say NEU education professionals, and schools and education staff are increasingly providing the services and essentials of daily life to stop families falling through the cracks.

A snapshot survey (1) of a sample of heads, teachers and school support staff who are members of the National Education Union (NEU) reveals the extent to which poverty is damaging the educational opportunities for children from poor families.

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Incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance and backdated payments

Last updated: August 13, 2018

R(Smith) v SSWP JR/1249/18

On 29 March 2018, CPAG issued judicial review proceedings challenging the decision of the DWP to limit backdated payments to those disabled people who had been underpaid when they transferred from incapacity benefit ('IB') to employment and support allowance ('ESA') to a 21 October 2014 date.

Universal credit assessment period inflexibility

Last updated: July 25, 2018

R (Woods and Barrett) v SSWP CO/1552/2018

Permission to apply for judicial review was granted in this matter on 5 July 2018 and the claim has been joined with a similar case being brought by Leigh Day solicitors.  The hearing will take place over 28 and 29 November 2018.

On 29 March 2018, CPAG filed a claim for permission to apply for judicial review to challenge the rigidity of the assessment period regime in universal credit which results in some people being treated as receiving two monthly wages in one assessment period, in turn affecting the amount of their UC award.

Delivery plan "a very welcome step on the road to a Scotland free of child poverty"

29 March 2018

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland

MEDIA RELEASE for immediate release 29/03/18

• "Time now for immediate action on income supplement to avert horrendous child poverty projections"

Child poverty campaigners today (29th March 2018) welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government's first statutory child poverty delivery plan under the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act, and called for swift action to implement the proposed income supplement.

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Latest Tax Credits and Early Years Bulletin available

27 March 2018

The March edition of CPAG in Scotland's Tax Credits and Early Years Bulletin is now available.

Read up on Sure Start Maternity Grants, training courses, updated Financial Help in the Early Years factsheet, childcare vouchers, Scottish Carer's Allowance supplement and late mandatory considerations.

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Editorial: Poverty 159

Issue 159 (Winter 2018)

The appointment of the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, has caused a stir, especially coming shortly after her predecessor had shown some willingness to address universal credit design problems. In last year’s Budget he reduced the initial wait for payments from six to five weeks and announced two weeks’ extra housing benefit for people who would otherwise struggle to pay their rent, as well as announcing that larger advances would be available.

The importance of income for children and families: an updated review of the evidence

Issue 159 (Winter 2018)

It is an all too familiar fact that children from low-income households tend to do less well than children whose parents are better off. They have worse health, do less well at school, and are more likely to have behavioural problems. In a systematic evidence review conducted in 2013, Kerris Cooper and Kitty Stewart found clear confirmation that low income is itself one reason for these worse outcomes, and not just a proxy for other factors such as parental education.

Implementing universal credit

Issue 159 (Winter 2018)

The implementation of universal credit has been beset with problems. Here, Ros White considers the effect on claimants of the delays to the universal credit roll-out and the government’s failure to fully address the complexities involved.

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The austerity generation: the impact of cuts to universal credit on family incomes and child poverty

Issue 159 (Winter 2018)

CPAG’s new report, The Austerity Generation, sets out the effect of a decade of cuts to social security on family incomes and child poverty, based on modelling by the Institute for Public Policy Research.

‘Time to deliver’ say child poverty campaigners as latest figures show one in four children still living in poverty

22 March 2018


for immediate release 22/03/18

‘Time to deliver’ say child poverty campaigners as latest figures show one in four children still living in poverty

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