Briefings and consultation responses

  • Independent review of JSA sanctions: CPAG’s response to the call for information

    January 2014

    CPAG has submitted evidence to Matthew Oakley’s review of the operation of the sanctions system for jobseeker's allowance claimants on mandatory back-to-work schemes.

    We raise concerns about the limited scope of the review, highlight numerous systemic problems, and make recommendations to help protect claimants.

  • Foodbanks: Briefing for Opposition Day debate, 18 December 2013

    December 2013

    This briefing raises CPAG’s concerns about rising demand for food aid from UK families. It also presents initial findings from CPAG’s foodbanks project.

    In particular, we emphasise that provision of high quality welfare rights advice must be more widely available and the DWP must urgently start utilising the ‘short-term benefit advances’ (STBA) system.

  • Childcare support under universal credit

    October 2013

    The cost of childcare is a key constraint that many low-income parents face when trying to work more. Here’s CPAG offers its analysis and recommendations to government on proposals for new childcare support under universal credit.

  • Submission to the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into housing costs support

    October 2013

    The Work and Pensions Committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into provision of support to meet housing costs in the reformed welfare system. In our submission to the Committee, we point out that many of the changes made to levels of support with housing costs over the course of this parliament disproportionately affect families with children, and will only lead to their further impoverishment.

  • Let's All Have Lunch!

    September 2013

    Let's have lunch

    This report makes the case for why London local authorities should invest in universal free school meals for primary school children. The report was produced by CPAG and 4in10, and funded by Trust for London.

  • Childcare and maternal employment in London

    September 2013

    The number of mums who work in London is significantly below the national average and is a strong explanatory factor for the high rates of child poverty in the capital. In this new report, CPAG considers the role of childcare in explaining this situtation and what local authorities can do to improve provision for parents.

  • The Cost of a Child in 2013

    August 2013

    Cost of a Child in 2013

    This report shows parents struggled more than ever to provide a decent standard of living for their families in 2013. This is the second in a series of annual reports on the cost of bringing up a child in the UK. 

  • Submission to Greater London Authority on Low Pay and London Living Wage

    August 2013

    CPAG sets out our views on how to tackle low pay and encourage take up of the London Living Wage in a submission to the Greater London Authority's economy committee.

  • Benefit cap Freedom of Information request

    July 2013

    According to the government, the benefit cap will ensure that families claiming out of work benefits receive no more in support that the average working household

    However, this Freedom of Information request made by CPAG shows that actual net median earnings for 2011-12 (the most recent year available) were £564 a week. The £500 a week benchmark, then, falls some way short of reality.

  • Local Authorities and Child Poverty: balancing threats and opportunities

    July 2013

    Local authorities and child poverty cover

    This report outlines the impact of welfare reforms on local authorities – including the costs to local areas of child poverty - and explores how they and their partner organisations manage the impact of these reforms. It draws upon a series of roundtable events CPAG held in March 2013 for local authority and partner staff, and includes their policy recommendations for central Government.