Briefings and consultation responses

  • 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).

  • Save child benefit

    March 2012

    Child benefit, the only universal payment for children, is under threat.

    The value of child benefit has been frozen until 2013/14, drastically cutting the amount families receive, and it will be taxed away from families in a complex and deeply unfair way. These changes are unfair, unaffordable and unworkable. We are calling for the freeze to child benefits to be lifted and rates to be restored, and for tax on child benefit to be stopped.

    Read more about the Save Child Benefit campaign.

  • Autumn Statement: economic growth and child poverty

    November 2011

    In our submission to the Treasury in advance of the 2011 Autumn Statement, we ask for more action to reach child poverty targets, and to create and protect decent jobs. We also ask the Government to apply its 'Fairness Test' to spending plans and deficit reduction.

  • Commentary on the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report Means Testing Benefits

    October 2011

    Commentary on the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Report on Means Testing Benefits

     A background note by CPAG for the Public Accounts Committee.

  • Social mobility and child poverty review: Call for evidence from End Child Poverty partners

    October 2011

    This briefing was produced for CPAG's partners in the End Child Poverty (ECP) campaign, to help them provide evidence to the Independent Reviewer of Social Mobility and Child Poverty. It provides key points that partners may wish to raise in order to ensure that critical aspects of the child poverty agenda are covered.

  • Legal Aid – benefits advice reduces poverty amongst disabled children

    August 2011

    This short briefing explains how removing legal aid for welfare benefits advice will increase already high levels of poverty amongst disabled children and adults.

  • On the receiving end: perspectives on being out of work and claiming benefits

    July 2011

    This report by Sharon Wright and Tina Haux presents the findings of a study of advice and employment services for benefit recipients, from the perspectives of service users and advisers.

    The study included sixteen in-depth interviews with people receiving advice about benefits, tax credits and job seeking from different agencies. There was also a focus group to explore the perspectives of advisers. Claimants and advisers are quoted extensively in the report to illustrate the authors' expert analysis. The report ends with CPAG policy conclusions and recommendations, in the context of the latest government proposals for welfare reform.

  • Joint Briefing: Report and Third Reading of the Welfare Reform Bill

    June 2011

    CPAG is part of an consortium of leading organisations with expertise in the UK welfare system, who work to support clients and reduce poverty. We have come together to influence the Bill as it passes through Parliament. This briefing reflects core concerns common to the group. We hope that Report stage will provide an opportunity for key changes to the Bill, which we feel are needed if the Government is to fully achieve its stated aim of increasing simplicity and fairness in the benefit system, and ensuring that work is an effective route out of poverty in Britain.