Jessica Sinclair Taylor's blog

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.

Child poverty in 2015

The great child poverty conjuring trick

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Now you see it, now you don't. Steve Bell sums up the government's plans to scrap child poverty targets. Instead of measuring and acting on child poverty, they just want to measure how many children have parents who are out of work and how well they do at their GCSEs.

Our letter to the Guardian: Ending child poverty starts with counting it

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This letter was published in the Guardian on 7 December 2015.

Ten years ago, on his first day as party leader, David Cameron vowed that “the test for our policies will not be how they affect the better off, but how they help the worst-off in our country”.

It's about hope: Gordon Brown speaks to mark 50 years of CPAG

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Who loses what from tax credit cuts?

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Today the Lords vote on government policies to cut tax credits, the extra support people on low wages receive to ‘top up’ their incomes. With over two thirds of children growing up in poverty living in a working family, tax credits are a vital tool to help families make ends meet. Many independent experts have already pointed out the impact these cuts will have on families: £4.4 billion will be taken from low-paid families next year alone, an average of £1350 per family.

No such thing as a free lunch?

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UPDATE 29 September: Good news, it looks like the government has seen sense on free school meals. David Cameron's spokesperson said today that the government was committed to it's manifesto pledge to continue universal free school meals. Thank you to everyone who signed the petition!

Our CEO on why we're campaigning on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

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At the end of last week our CEO recorded a quick video explaining why we disagree with proposals in the government's Welfare Reform and Work Bill.

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Child poverty at the party conferences

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If you're attending any of the party conferences, why not stop by one of our fringe events. We have a great line up of speakers and would love to hear your voices at these party debates.

Conservatives | What is blue-collar conservatism?

Tuesday 6th October 2015, 19.30 - 21.00

Chair: Rachel Johnson Non-Executive Director, Bright Blue

The minimum standard of living is getting harder to reach

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The basic cost of bringing up a child is getting harder to meet. New CPAG research updating our annual 'Cost of a child' report has found that while the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 remains high, at £149,805, state support for meeting those costs is diminishing sharply.