welfare reform

  • Families on the brink: welfare reform in London

    London’s housing crisis is well publicised and well discussed. We're used to reading about extortionate rents being charged for box properties or a generation that is likely to be priced out of buying.

    But there is another side to this crisis which is getting discussed less. Our new report, Families on the Brink, shows a London becoming unaffordable for people on housing benefit, leaving families at risk of being forced out of their communities and London at risk of losing its social mix.

  • First thoughts on the ‘National Living Wage’


    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.

  • 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.

  • Looking for families affected by the benefit cap

    9 August 2016

    This autumn the benefit cap will be cut, squeezing low-income families even further and pushing more people into poverty. We are looking for test cases to legally challenge the benefit cap.

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  • 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.

  • MSPs must act to limit damage of UK welfare reforms, say coalition of charities, unions and faith groups

    October 4, 2011
    press release
    • Holyrood welfare debate must ensure schemes to replace UK benefits are adequately funded in Scottish budget
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  • NAO report on Universal Credit

    5 September 2013

    The National Audit Office has today published a withering assessment of the early progress on Universal Credit. Read our statement

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  • 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

    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

    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.