Briefings and consultation responses

  • Free school meals and universal credit: CPAG's consultation response

    February 2018

    CPAG has responded to the government's consultation on setting an earnings threshold for eligibility to free school meals in universal credit. We believe that all children in families eligible for universal credit should continue to receive free school meals, as per the current legal situation.

  • House of Lords debates on Universal Credit and benefit freeze

    November 2017

    Read our briefing for Peers in advance of two debates in the House of Lords on Thursday, 16th November:

    Debate: Impact of Universal Credit on claimants
    Short debate: Inflation impact on families affected by benefit freeze

  • Opposition Day Debate: Pause and fix of roll-out of Universal Credit briefing for MPs

    October 2017

    Read our briefing for MPs in advance of the Opposition Day Debate: Pause and fix of roll-out of Universal Credit, after Prime Minister’s Questions, Wednesday 18th October 2017.

  • Election 2017 manifesto

    May 2017

    Today, children are already twice as likely to be poor as pensioners. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, child poverty is set to soar to 5.1 million children by 2022 – a 42 per cent rise over ten years.

    Unless we tackle the underlying causes of poverty, more and more children will grow up without the essentials every child needs to thrive.

    Child poverty costs the country around £30 billion a year. Making sure every child gets a fair chance in life is the right thing to do and the smartest investment the new government can make.

  • Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into the Benefit Cap - CPAG's response

    April 2017

    CPAG responded to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into the Benefit Cap, drawing in large part on evidence from our Early Warning System on the impact of the cap on families with children. 

  • Two-child limit - 200,000 more children in poverty

    April 2017

    New cuts limiting universal credit to the first two children in a family – starting Thursday April 6th - will push another 200,000 children below the official poverty line, new analysis by CPAG and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows. 

    Our briefing covers what the two child limit is, how it will affect families, and why it is both unfair and illogical. 

    Download the briefing.

  • Social security changes - April 2017

    March 2017

    In April 2017, many social security changes come into force that affect children and young people. We outline their impact.

  • Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into Universal Credit - CPAG's response

    March 2017

    The Work and Pensions Select Committee was so concerned about evidence heard during its inquiry into progress with the implementation of universal credit, that it has re-opened its inquiry to gather more evidence. CPAG's response includes cases from our Scottish and UK early warning systems, highlighting various problems encountered by claimants.

  • The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger inquiry on hunger amongst children during the school holidays

    March 2017

    The school holidays can be a challenging time for many parents, particularly those on low incomes. They can lead to increased pressures on parents’ time and financial resources – including the need to find the money for extra food for their children.

  • Broken promises: What has happened to support for low-income working families under universal credit

    March 2017

    This briefing presents some of the analysis to be published in a forthcoming report assessing the impacts of cuts to benefits from 2010 to 2020.  This briefing focuses on changes to universal credit since it was first legislated in 2012 and their effects on family incomes, work incentives and poverty rates. It also includes the effect of real-terms cuts to child benefit which took place during the same period.