Briefings and consultation responses

  • Natural migration in universal credit

    March 2019

    This new briefing looks at natural migration. Natural migration is the movement of people on to universal credit from other benefits when their circumstances change in a way which would normally create eligibility for a new claim for one of the benefits being replaced by universal credit, but instead creates eligibility for universal credit.

  • 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.

  • Child Poverty in London: borough briefings

    October 2018

    This autumn we've been running a series of events for councillors in London from all three main parties, to raise awareness of child poverty in the captial (which is now at 37%) and practical recommendations for how it can be addressed at a local level.

  • 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:

  • Submission to UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

    September 2018

    We have submitted evidence to the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, who will visit the UK in November. 

    Read our submission

  • Submission to SSAC consultation on universal credit managed migration

    August 2018

    The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC), an independent body of experts set up to advise the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on secondary legislation, has been consulting on the way people already claiming certain benefits will be moved onto universal credit. This process is called 'managed migration' - although this is a misnomer. 

  • Submission on benefit sanctions

    June 2018

    CPAG has submitted evidence to the Work and Pensions select committee on benefit sanctions, their impact, and how the regime could be improved. 

    View our submission here.

  • UK child poverty gaps increasing again

    May 2018

    Read the analysis

    There has always been a debate in the world of poverty measurement about whether we should be more concerned about poverty rates (the proportion below a poverty threshold) or poverty gaps (how far people in poverty are below the poverty threshold). Is it better for a country to have many children a little way below the poverty threshold or few children below the poverty threshold, but a long way below it?

  • The free school meals poverty trap

    March 2018

    Up to now, all families receiving universal credit have been eligible for free school meals. However, from 1 April 2018 in England, the Government plans to introduce a new earnings limit so that families on universal credit earning over £7,400 a year (after tax and national insurance) are no longer eligible.

    While some families will be protected in the universal credit transitional period, we are concerned about the impact that the measure will have on work incentives during, and following, full rollout.