Briefings and consultation responses

  • Briefing on trends in the cost of essentials and support for living costs

    March 2015

    Families across the country are suffering a double whammy of falling benefits and the rising cost of essentials. Despite inflation hitting historically low levels, ongoing significant increases in housing, energy and food means that families' weekly budgets are under increasing strain. At the same time, benefits such as Child Benefit have lost real value, particularly since 2010.

    This briefing note summarises the full data analysis exploring historical changes in the value of income-replacement benefits and child benefit in relation to inflation.

  • Discretionary housing payments policy note

    January 2015

    This policy note considers the role that discretionary housing payments (DHPs) have played over the last four years in mitigating the impact of ‘welfare reform’. Specifically, it considers the extent to which DHPs have provided sufficient time and space for families to adapt to reduced levels of state support reducing risk of homelessness, as well as the role that DHPs have played protecting vulnerable groups from unlawful implementation of key provisions of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

  • Submission to Work & Pensions Committee inquiry into benefit sanctions

    December 2014

    The Work and Pensions Committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into benefit sanctions policy, considering aspects of sanctions policy which were outside the remit of the Oakley Review.

  • CPAG's response to SSAC inquiry into ESA 'loopholes'

    December 2014

    CPAG has responded to the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) consultation on the government's proposal to close a 'loophole' in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) repeat claims.

  • CPAG's submission to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty in Britain

    December 2014

    In June this year Child Poverty Action Group submitted evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty in Britain chaired by Frank Field MP.

  • Uprating and the value of children’s benefits: Policy note December 2014

    December 2014

    This policy note considers the effect that uprating decisions have had on the real value of children’s benefits over the course of this parliament. Specifically, it calculates the amounts which our two key children’s benefits – child benefit and child tax credit – have lost over the last five years. It has been written to coincide with Autumn Statement 2014, the point in the fiscal year when decisions about benefit uprating have conventionally been made.

  • Local welfare provision - responses to the consultation

    November 2014

    In September 2014 the government committed to make a “fresh decision” on funding for local welfare provision for 2015/16, and as part of this agreed to consult publicly on various funding options. A broad range of organisations and individuals have submitted evidence in response to the consultation. This page has links to many of them.

    To add your submission to this list please contact Kelly Smith

  • Local Welfare Provision Consultation

    November 2014

    This week CPAG have responded to the government's consultation on funding for local welfare provision in 2015/16. You can read our response here.

    Local welfare provision (LWP) was set up by councils in April 2013 following the abolition of the social fund. The schemes help households on a low income manage one-off or unexpected expenditure, such as replacing a broken cooker or setting up home after fleeing domestic violence.

  • CPAG's response to the consultation on setting the 2020 persistent child poverty target

    August 2014

    This year the government is required by the Child Poverty Act 2010 to set a target it aims to achieve for persistent poverty in the UK by 2020. Read CPAG’s response to the consultation on this topic here.

  • The cost of a child in 2014

    August 2014

    Today we publish our third annual report ‘The Cost of a Child in 2014’, written by Donald Hirsch from the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University and funded by JRF. It draws on the Minimum Income Standard project (MIS) to establish how much families need to cover their basic needs like food, clothes and shelter, and to participate in society.