Briefings and consultation responses

  • The implementation of the Child Poverty Act: examining child poverty strategies in London local authorities

    October 2012

    This report from CPAG and 4in10 at Save the Children examines progress and best practice in implementing child poverty strategies across local authorities in London.

  • Response to DWP consultation on ceasing production of income-related benefits take-up statistics

    October 2012

    This is CPAG’s response to a DWP consultation gathering views on its proposal to end, or at the very least limit, the production of take-up estimates for six key means-tested benefits. DWP argues that producing the statistics is too expensive in the current climate. In addition, it assert that the figures will become increasingly redundant from October 2013 with the introduction of universal credit. In our response we disagree on both counts.

  • Cost of a Child 2012

    September 2012

    At a time when many families are finding it hard to make ends meet, how much does it cost to bring up a child to meet their needs to a decent minimum standard? This report from CPAG, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, answers that question to show for the first time in a robust way how much it costs to provide children with a minimum level of participation in society, as well as catering for their needs in terms of food, clothes and shelter.

  • The Social Fund at a local level: notes for and from practitioners

    August 2012

    This report focuses on issues and key considerations for English local authorities in developing a local social fund replacement scheme. Based on roundtable discussions with practitioners in London, Darlington, Newcastle, Leicester and Stockport, the report presents key concerns and potential solutions currently being discussed by councils.

  • Universal credit and related regulations: response to the SSAC’s call for evidence

    July 2012

    This is CPAG’ s response to the Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the draft universal credit and related regulations.

    The submission highlights our concerns that in many instances simplification is a mask for cuts, as complex but important features of the current system are replaced with less generous provision.

  • Delivering the social fund at London-level: opportunities and risks

    June 2012

    This report focuses on delivery of the social fund by local authorities in London. Four in ten children in the capital live in poverty, the highest rate of any region, and support for families on low incomes is therefore particularly important here. The report presents an account of the existing social fund scheme that is being devolved to local authorities, examines some current options for delivery and looks at promising approaches and key risks.

    The aim of the report is to provide a useful resource for local authorities considering how to use the money that will be devolved to them to replace current provision of community care grants and crisis loans through the social fund. The report also has some important messages for central government.

  • Going Hungry? Young people's experience of free school meals

    June 2012

    Child Poverty Action Group and the British Youth Council published this report Going Hungry? Young people’s experiences of free school meals on the failure of the free school meals system to reach all children in poverty.

  • Proposed amendments to the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Social Entitlement Chamber) Rules 2008 - CPAG's response

    May 2012

    The Tribunal Procedure Committee is proposing to amend the first-tier tribunal rules to complement the proposed introduction of mandatory revisions before appeal. The new rules will require appeals to be submitted to the Tribunal Service rather than the benefit authorities, and will introduce a statutory time limit for the benefit authorities to respond to appeals.

    Details of the consultation can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

  • Mandatory consideration of revision before appeal - CPAG's response to the DWP's public consultation

    April 2012

    Clause 100 of the Welfare Reform Bill as introduced enables regulations to be made to require claimants who disagree with a decision to request consideration of revision before they may appeal against a decision. CPAG believes that the proposed implementation is a highly retrograde step which will adversely affect the interests of claimants.

  • Bereavement benefit for the 21st century

    March 2012

    CPAG responded to the government's consultation on bereavement benefit. We are strongly opposed to the abolition of widows parents allowance (WPA).