Jessica Sinclair Taylor's blog

A ‘tax’ on work?

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Universal Credit, the new benefit for families on low incomes, was claimed to have huge potential to reduce child poverty, incentivise work and make life easier for struggling families.

Out today - what will it take to improve children's life chances?

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CPAG's new book, out today, focusing on the government social policy frame of 'life chances'. What do lifechances mean? How can they be tackled? And where does poverty and income fit into all of this?

Catch us at the party conferences

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This year, we'll again be at the Lib Dem, Labour and Conservative party conferences, holding fringe events to stimulate discussion of child poverty and it's solutions in the parties. The events will debate what reforms are needed to stop the projected 50% increase in child poverty by the next election in 2020. Is universal credit still fit for purpose? What would a robust life chances strategy look like? And an effective childcare strategy? How can we ensure that social security protects the vulnerable while enabling parents to get better off by earning more?

"It’s like a game of chess" – interview with our Legal Officer Mike Spencer

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Our Legal Officer Mike Spencer has headed off to a secondment at the Supreme Court, so we caught up with him before he went on the highs and lows of fighting CPAG’s legal battles on behalf of children in poverty.

Why the new figures on child poverty need to be heard across the country

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We need your help. In two weeks’ time, the government will publish statistics for 2014/15 (the most up to date available) on how many children are growing up in poverty. We need to make sure as many people hear about this as possible.

While experts project that by 2020, as many as 50% more children could be in poverty, this new batch of statistics may or may not show much change from the last round, which found 3.7 million children are in poverty in the UK.

What’s in a frame? The poverty sector’s search for convincing messages

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At a recent event, I listened to a US campaigner describe how they fought and won the long battle for equal marriage.

At first, she said, they talked about rights for LGBTQ people – the right to participate in society in the same measure as their straight contemporaries – to marry, to be recognised as their loved one’s legal partner. These rights mattered to the community. But it turned out that talking about legal rights didn’t tug the public’s heart strings in the right direction.

Win £50 to spend on CPAG's books and training

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This week, we're delighted to launch our latest Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handook (2016/17). Known as the 'advisors' bible', it contains everything you needs to know about benefits and tax credits in the UK. It's quite simply indispensable for getting the best outcomes for clients.

A win is a win – our campaign on child poverty measures

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When the Welfare Reform and Work Bill was published back at the end of last summer, it drew a cacophony of groans from people working with children and families.  They knew that when,  in 2013,  the coalition government first consulted on scrapping income-based measures of child poverty and moving towards a life chances approach, 98% of the consultation responses disagreed vehemently with the idea.

Update: Government votes down Lords amendment to keep child poverty reporting

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UPDATE 29/2/16: Government agrees to include an amendment to publish yearly child poverty figures

Yesterday the Government voted to scrap an amendment made to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill by the House of Lords, to oblige the Government to report on how many children are growing up poor.

Bedroom tax: time for a dishonourable retirement

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The bedroom tax (or under-occupancy penalty, as the government prefers), after smashing through so many families’ carefully balanced budgets, has finally hit a legal wall.