Briefings and consultation responses

  • 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. 

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  • 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.

  • 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. This response also provides our view on the government's proposed exceptions - for multiple births, births resulting from rape, adopted children and children in kinship care arrangements - and argues for a large number of additional exceptions which we believe are needed to protect vulnerable children and families. 

  • 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.