Briefings and consultation responses

  • 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.

  • Localisation of the Social Fund: Countdown to change

    March 2013

    From April 2013, the discretionary elements of the Social Fund, Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans, will cease to operate at a national level. Funding to provide a replacement scheme will be devolved to local authority level.

  • The politics of the child poverty measurement consultation

    February 2013

    Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of CPAG, has written this week in Children and Young People Now about the politics of the government's child poverty measurement consultation.

    She argues that through its consultation, the government is trying to legitimate a new indicator of child poverty that would not be sensitive to changes in income. As a result, the new measure would obscure the impact of cuts to benefits on the fortunes of low income families.

  • CPAG's response to the child poverty measurement consultation

    February 2013

    CPAG has today issued its response to the government consultation on child poverty measurement. In it we make it clear that we object to the government’s new proposed measure on three grounds.

  • Response to GLA Economy Committee on Adult careers services

    February 2013

    The Greater London Authority's Economy Committee is consulting on adult careers services. This response sets out why CPAG believes that these should focus on parents.

  • Judicial Review: proposals for reform - CPAG's response to the Ministry of Justice consultation

    January 2013

    In January 2013, the Ministry of Justice conducted a consultation excerise on its proposals for reform of judicial review. Judicial review is a critical check on the power of the state, providing an effective mechanism for challenging the decisions of public bodies to ensure that they are lawful.

    CPAG believes that the proposals in the consultation will damage access to justice and the rule of law, while there is no evidence that they will achieve the government’s aims of reducing the burden on public services or removing the unnecessary obstacles to economic recovery.

  • The Double Lockout: How low income families will be locked out of fair living standards

    January 2013

    This report, published on the eve of the second reading of the Welfare Benefits Up-Rating Bill 2012-13, reveals that the government’s welfare benefit uprating legislation is based on bogus claims and is a poverty-producing bill that will further exclude the poorest workers, jobseekers, carers and disabled people from the mainstream of society.

  • CPAG Briefing on Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill (HoC Second Reading, 8 Jan 2013)

    January 2013

    The Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill has its Commons Second Reading on 8 January 2013.

    This CPAG briefing covers the following key concerns:

    • Social security and tax credits should keep up with the cost of living.
    • Failing to uprate in line with inflation will increase absolute child poverty, relative child poverty and the material deprivation of children.
    • The Bill fails the Fairness Test in regard to income distribution.
    • The Bill fails the Fairness Test for the working poor, as well as for the jobseeking, caring and disabled poor.
  • CPAG Briefing for Autumn Statement 2012

    December 2012

    A full media briefing for the Autumn Statement on 5 December 2012, the needs of low income families that the Chancellor must address, and other related background information and resource.