tax credits

  • CPAG statement on PM's opportunity speech

    June 22, 2015
    press release

    Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech on opportunity, Alison Garnham Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Almost a decade ago, the Prime Minister spoke of poverty being a moral disgrace and an economic waste. That was right then and is right now. No road to opportunity starts with policies that may end leaving three million children in poverty. No moral mission involves taking away tax credits for our poorest children. No serious plan for the low paid begins with making them poorer by cutting their tax credits.“

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  • CPAG welcome announcement on childcare and early years pupil premium investment

    March 18, 2014
    press release

    In response to the Government's announcement that 85% of childcare costs will be met in Universal Credit and that there will be a £50 million Early Years Pupil Premium funding for the most disadvantaged three and four year olds, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, said:

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  • End of a Faustian pact: workfare and riots

    Issue 140 (Autumn 2011)
    article

    During the past three decades, Guy Standing argues, politicians struck a Faustian pact. In return for ‘labour market flexibility’, government would top up declining wages through subsidies and tax credits and redirect social protection from an emphasis on social solidarity and social insurance to means-tested social assistance. In the aftermath of rioting, they must now face the following fact: it is the economic policies they have supported that are a major cause of the underlying malaise.

  • Family budgets hit by ‘Bad Friday’ bombshell

    April 4, 2012
    press release

    Commenting on the multi-billion pound cuts set to hit ordinary families on Good Friday, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

    “This year’s holiday will feel more like ‘Bad Friday’ for millions of families as they come to terms with over £2 billion of cuts.

    “Some of the poorest working families will lose thousands of pounds from their annual income, leaving them in a desperate struggle to pay for basics like groceries, clothes and household bills.

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  • Family finances hit by £2.3 billion bombshell in April

    April 1, 2013
    press release

    Low income households will have their family finances hit by multiple cuts this month. The main cuts are:

    1. Bedroom Tax (housing benefit penalties for excess rooms in social sector) - £490m
    2. Council tax benefit localised and devolved budgets cut by 10% - £485m
    3. Local housing allowance annual uprate at CPI (instead of RPI) - £90m
    4. Benefit cap introduced - £290m
    5. Tax credit disregard for in-year increases reduced to £5,000 - £455m
    6. Working age benefits and tax credits: uprating capped at 1% - £505m

    Total losses - £2,315m

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  • February tax credits and early years ebulletin

    18 February 2015
    news

    Read our latest e-bulletin which includes: new factsheet; universal credit expansion; Tax-free childcare: increase for disabled children; Smith Commission; Caselaw; and more.

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  • First thoughts on the ‘National Living Wage’


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    A substantial increase in the National Minimum Wage for over-25s (or National Living Wage, as Osborne’s re-badging has it) can only be a good thing for low-paid workers. It should be celebrated. That much, at least, is clear.

  • Latest tax credits ebulletin

    15 April 2016
    news

    Read our latest ebulletin which includes: Recovery of overpayments; Maternity and sickness; Caselaw; Q&A: Hardship payments due to in-year recovery; and more.

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  • Latest tax credits and early years e-bulletin

    17 December 2014
    news

    Read our latest e-bulletin which includes: training; factsheets; Autumn Statement 2014; new rates from April 2015; penalties up and appeals down.

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  • Latest tax credits and early years e-bulletin

    30 July 2014
    news

    Read our latest e-bulletin which includes: cascade training, factsheet, renewals - online option extended, statistics, caselaw, and more.

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