Briefings and consultation responses

  • Consultation on exceptions to the two-child limit: CPAG's response

    December 2016

    CPAG has responded to the government's consultation on exceptions to the two child limit for payments of tax credits and universal credit. CPAG is opposed to the policy in its entirety, because it will deny children their entitlement to the support needed to provide a decent standard of living, and is expected to increase child poverty. We also believe that the policy is likely to breach the UK's human rights obligations.

  • Poverty gaps and material deprivation

    December 2016

    This briefing describes how poverty gaps – the distance below the poverty line that the typical family living in poverty finds themselves – have changed since the start of the financial crisis. It shows that, even as the poverty rate has remained broadly stable, the poor have got poorer, and the experience of poverty has become harsher.

  • Ministry of Justice consultation on transforming courts and tribunals

    November 2016

    CPAG has responded to a Ministry of Justice consultation on changes to social security appeal tribunals.

  • David Webster (Glasgow University) briefings on benefit sanctions

    October 2016

    Dr David Webster is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Urban Studies) at the University of Glasgow. His research on the labour market and social impacts of deindustrialisation includes work on incapacity benefit/employment support allowance claims, their relationship to other aspects of worklessness and to population health, and the changing pattern of lone parenthood.

  • Briefing on universal credit work allowance cuts

    May 2016

    This briefing describes how the cuts to UC work allowances reduce the gains from work, making it harder – not easier – for working parents to derive more of their income from earnings, in much the same way as the now abandoned tax credit cuts would have.

  • Benefit sanctions

    May 2016

    Since the election of the Coalition government in 2010, there has been an escalation of benefit sanctions, which have come to play a major role in extreme poverty. This has led to widespread criticism and a series of inquiries and reports, to which this page provides links. To add a report to this page, please contact Kelly Smith: ksmith@cpag.org.uk

  • Inquiry into the future of Jobcentre Plus

    April 2016

    CPAG's response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry in the future of Jobcentre Plus focuses on the role of Jobcentres in supporting claimants into work. 

  • Life chances indicators - CPAG submission

    April 2016

    The government intends to replace the current statutory child poverty measures with new measures of ‘life chances’. Four statutory measures have been put forward: children in workless households, children in long-term workless households, and educational attainment at Key Stage 4 (GCSE) for all children and for disadvantaged children.

  • Response to the Social Security Advisory Committee consultation on decision making and mandatory reconsideration

    March 2016

    In our response, we highlight the lack of official statistics on the outcomes of mandatory reconsideration requests by claimants and present evidence of problems with the way the system is operated taken from CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System and our work in London food banks.

  • Submission on foundation years and life chances

    March 2016

    In this submission on foundation years and the government's life chances strategy, we identify key characteristics of an early years service which would deliver on improving the life chances of disadvantaged children, and consider where current provision succeeds and where new approaches may be needed.