child benefit

  • Give Me Five - The child benefit top up campaign.


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    We are calling on MSPs to ensure the 2018/19 budget and Scottish Government spending plans include a top-up of child benefit by £5 per week.

    Poverty currently affects one in four children in Scotland, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  We believe that poverty can be solved. 

    Tackling poverty is good for us all, and we believe that social security should help enable children to access all the opportunities available to them. 

  • Uprating and the value of children’s benefits: Policy note December 2014

    December 2014
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    This policy note considers the effect that uprating decisions have had on the real value of children’s benefits over the course of this parliament. Specifically, it calculates the amounts which our two key children’s benefits – child benefit and child tax credit – have lost over the last five years. It has been written to coincide with Autumn Statement 2014, the point in the fiscal year when decisions about benefit uprating have conventionally been made.

  • Mandatory reconsideration of HMRC decisions

    Issue 241 (August 2014)
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    Mark Willis takes a look at the rules introducing mandatory reconsideration into appeal rights for tax credits, child benefit and guardian’s allowance.

  • The cost of a child in 2014

    August 2014
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    Today we publish our third annual report ‘The Cost of a Child in 2014’, written by Donald Hirsch from the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University and funded by JRF. It draws on the Minimum Income Standard project (MIS) to establish how much families need to cover their basic needs like food, clothes and shelter, and to participate in society.

  • Parliamentary briefing on 'welfare cap' and Charter for Budgetary Responsiblity

    March 2014
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    At the Budget in March 2014, the government announced it would be amending the Charter for Budgetary Responsibility to implement a new 'welfare cap' policy.

  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


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    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.

  • Child benefit: the wrong residence test?

    Issue 234 (June 2013)
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    A Northern Ireland Social Security Commissioner has held that the right-to-reside test cannot lawfully be applied in child benefit cases. The successful claimant was represented by Patricia Carty of the Law Centre Northern Ireland. Martin Williams discusses the case.

  • Child benefit: fit for the future

    August 2006
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    August 2006 marked the sixtieth anniversary of universal benefits for children in the UK – first family allowances, then child benefit. Support for all children redistributes resources to those with additional costs, to the time in the lifecycle when extra is needed, and to the next generation. And it shows the value society places on children, not just as an investment but also in their own right.

  • Taking candy from a baby

    Issue 231 (December 2012)
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    Mark Willis explains how the rules designed to restrict child benefit for ‘high earners’ are meant to work.

  • The cost of a child

    Issue 143 (Autumn 2012)
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    How much does it cost to bring up a child, free of material hardship and social disadvantage, in the UK today? How should these costs be measured and what costs should be included? And how adequate is the benefits system in meeting the cost of children? Donald Hirsch draws on his latest work to provide some answers.