Briefings and consultation responses

  • 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.

  • Missing potential: why the European funds should be used to support parental employment in London

    June 2013

    London has the highest child poverty rates in the country, and the lowest rates of mothers employment. This briefing argues that the next round of the European Social Fund from 2014 should be used in London to support parents to access paid work.

  • An estimate of the cost of child poverty in 2013

    June 2013

    The high levels of child poverty in the UK are currently costing the country at least £29 billion a year – or £1,098 per household – according to new research by Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University.