Briefings and consultation responses

  • 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.

  • Briefing for MPs: Benefit Sanctions Regime (Entitlement to Automatic Hardship Payments) Bill

    January 2016

    Read our briefing for MPs in advance of the Second Reading of the Benefit Sanctions Regime (Entitlement to Automatic Hardship Payments) Bill 2015-16. 

    We are urging MPs to support this Bill which will help to protect families from income crisis and destitution by:

    • Giving everyone who is sanctioned automatic access to a hardship payments
    • Ensuring that all hardship payments are non-repayable
  • Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into intergenerational fairness

    February 2016

    The post-crash period has been one in which children have been poorly protected, bearing the brunt of austerity measures, with the result that child poverty is increasing, and is set to do so into the future.

  • Submission to Liberal Democrat review of social security

    February 2016

    CPAG submitted a response to the Liberal Democrat parliamentar review of social security, following our oral evidence. The response covers:

  • CPAG's response the All Party Parliamentary Group inquiry on child poverty and health

    February 2016

    CPAG submitted written evidence to the APPG on Health inquiry into child poverty, health and well-being. Our submission notes the evidence for a relationship between poverty and poorer outcomes for child physical and mental health. 


  • Work and Pensions Committee inquiry: in-work progression in Universal Credit

    January 2016

    CPAG's response the the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into in-work progression in Universal Credit. The inquiry considers in-work conditionality in Universal Credit, and argues that while a focus on supporting progression in work on a voluntary basis is welcome, in-work conditionality is unwarranted. This is because there is evidence that the labour market is currently unfavourable for progression, particularly for single parents and main carers, and there is no evidence of people refusing to work longer without good reason, where more hours are available. 

  • Evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on hunger

    December 2015

    Evidence from the Feeding Britain Working Group on Benefit Administration to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on hunger.

    This briefing responds to the recommendations of the APPG on hunger in their 2014 report, Feeding Britain, on addressing issues around benefits administration to reduce food poverty and hunger and provides an update on how well these issues have been addressed by the Department of Work and Pensions over the past year.

  • CPAG's response to call for evidence by JCHR on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

    November 2015

    CPAG has responded to a call for evidence by the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

  • Lords' briefing on tax credit statutory instrument

    October 2015

    This briefing explains the impact of the government's plans to cut tax credits on working families and child poverty. CPAG is opposed to cuts to tax credits because they will damage work incentives and increase child poverty: