Election 2017 manifesto

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We entered this general election campaign with child poverty at 4 million, projected to rise to 5.1 million by the end of the next parliament (assuming it’s a five-year term). The next government must get to grips with the underlying causes of poverty to make sure all children have a great start in life – and the opportunity to thrive. We have set out the practical steps politicians can take after 8 June to tackle child poverty.

In our manifesto, we’re calling for politicians to:

1. Prioritise child poverty. With a focused effort, involving local authorities and working towards targets, child poverty can be brought down.

2. Protect families from rising living costs. By restoring the link between need and provision, our social security system can help support families as costs rise. Adding £5 a week to child benefit, and protecting children’s benefits with a ‘triple lock’ (increasing them in line with earnings, inflation or 2.5 per cent, whichever is greater) will help enormously – the triple lock alone will lift 600,000 children out of poverty. Scrapping the benefit cap and the two-child limit on tax credits and universal credit will also reduce child poverty.

3. Make universal credit fit for working families. To ensure universal credit meets its aims, work allowances need to be restored, with an allowance added for second earners. The taper rate needs to be lowered to 55 per cent. Challenges we are finding as universal credit is rolled out – including problems caused by the six-week wait – need to be addressed urgently to make the new system work.

4. Prevent demand for foodbanks. We know that people often use foodbanks because they are unfairly sanctioned or there is a delay or error with their benefits. With better access to benefit advances, hardship payments and local welfare assistance, much of the demand for foodbanks would go away. Sanctions should be a last resort, and everyone should have access to good advice about their benefits.

5. Develop a visionary national childcare strategy. Great childcare ensures families can work – but it is too expensive for many families. A funded strategy, allowing flexibility for parents and quality childcare year-round for children from the age of two, will open up doors for families to work.

Poverty in childhood leads to children missing out, doing less well in school and earning less as adults. It is not inevitable. The next government must invest in our children to ensure everyone has the opportunity to do well in life, regardless of the circumstances of their birth.

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OUT NOW - NEW Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook 2017/18Welfare Benefits & Tax Credits Handbook 2017-2018

Known as the 'adviser's bible' CPAG’s Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook is the essential and best-selling guide to all benefits and tax credits.

Our definitive guide to all benefits and tax credits is an essential resource for all professional advisers serious about giving the best and most accurate advice to their clients. 

With detailed information on all the recent changes to the social security system, including the latest on the roll-out of universal credit, the right to reside test and the sanctions regime, the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook provides comprehensive advice about entitlement in 2017/18.

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Upcoming events for 2017

Two Child Limit – Implementation, Challenges and the Policy Context Two Child Limit – Implementation, Challenges and the Policy Context

London Thursday 22 June 2017 

This seminar will examine the two child limit in tax credits and means-tested benefits and its inevitable impact on child poverty.

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Welfare Rights Conference 2017Welfare Rights Conference 2017

Universal Credit – Understanding and Managing the Risks for Families 

Manchester Thursday 7 September 2017
London Thursday 14 September 2017

This year's conference focuses on the very real risks facing families as the roll out of Universal Credit continues.

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Overpayment of benefit
Friday 23 June 2017, 10:00-16:30, London
£138 voluntary organisations, £195 statutory/other organisations, CPD hours: 5
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Personal independence payment
Monday 26 June 2017, 10:00-16:30, London
£138 voluntary organisations, £195 statutory/other organisations, CPD hours: 5
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Universal Credit: conditionality and sanctions (NEW)
Wednesday 28 June 2017, 10:00-16:30, London
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