welfare reform

  • New research shows councils in London fear housing crisis fuelled by welfare reform

    June 11, 2014
    press release

    Cuts to benefits have left families in London struggling and unsure how they will afford to stay living in their area, according to a new CPAG report released today.

    Based on interviews with councils, advice services and parents as well a review of existing evidence, the report highlights that these key groups share the same fear: a housing crisis uprooting families from their homes and communities, with children’s education facing huge disruption by these forced moves.

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  • NEW welfare reform awareness sessions for your organisation

    4 March 2013
    news

    We have developed a new 1 and half hour session on welfare reform which we can provide in-house at your workplace or a venue which suits you. With so many welfare reforms happening now and in the coming years, this session looks at the main changes that will affect people on low incomes. Find out more here.

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

    July 2011
    briefing

    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.

  • Parties challenged on welfare reform – it is time for a system which lifts people out of poverty and treats them with dignity

    March 30, 2011
    press release

    The Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform, a coalition of over 40 key Scottish charities is calling on leaders of all the main political parties to support their Manifesto for Change.

    Meeting this morning (Tuesday) in Edinburgh before an audience of voluntary sector officials, politicians and members of the public, the SCoWR coalition unveiled its election ‘manifesto,’ which outlines 5 key demands. These are:

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  • Promoting fairness? Lowering the benefit cap will push more families into poverty

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    This autumn the benefit cap will be cut, squeezing low-income families even further and pushing more people into poverty. The Welfare Reform & Work Act 2016 lowers the cap to £23,000 per annum for families (or £15,410 for single claimants) in London and £20,000 for families (or £13,400 for single claimants) outside of London. There are currently 3.9 million children living in poverty. Projections from the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests that child poverty could rise by 50 per cent by 2020. Tightening the cap and taking away more support from low-income households will have a devastating effect on families and children.

  • Rights (and wrongs) of sanctions

    At Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), we’ve had longstanding concerns about the use of sanctions, which are basically cuts to benefit payments of up to 100% for up to 3 years, and the obvious knock-on impacts on child poverty.  And as the letter in today's Times that we and others have signed shows, we’re not alone in having profound concerns with how sanctions are working.

    Until now, there’s been little authoritative evidence of how sanctions are being applied, rightly or wrongly, beyond data suggesting a huge increase in their application in recent years.

  • Rights (and wrongs) of sanctions

    24 July 2014
    news

    At Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), we’ve had longstanding concerns about the use of sanctions, which are basically cuts to benefit payments of up to 100% for up to 3 years, and the obvious knock-on impacts on child poverty.  And as the letter in today's Times that we and others have signed shows, we’re not alone in having profound concerns with how sanctions are working.

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  • Scottish parents 'penalised' by UK Welfare reforms

    February 24, 2009
    press release

    Anti-poverty campaigners are today (Tuesday) telling UK Ministers that their proposed Welfare Reform Bill will penalise parents in Scotland and risk plunging more Scottish children into poverty.

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  • Scottish Parliament Welfare Reform Briefing: 5 October 2011


    briefing

    A coalition of over sixty of Scotland’s leading charities, unions and faith groups, is calling on Scotland’s MSPs to ensure UK government welfare reforms, to be debated in the Scottish Parliament today (Wednesday 5th), are thoroughly scrutinised before deciding whether to reject or approve any legislative consent motion (LCM) required to implement the reforms in Scotland.

  • Shredding the safety net to our national safety net

    The UK’s social security system has long recognised that benefit levels are not sufficient for claimants to build up savings and manage unexpected or one-off costs. However, from April 2015, there will be no source of funding for this.