Press Releases

  • Response to NAO report on Universal Credit

    June 15, 2018

    Commenting on today's National Audit Office report on Universal Credit, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

     "It was sobering enough to learn from the DWP's own survey last week that four in ten people claiming universal credit have financial problems many months into their claim. Now we have an NAO report confirming just how miserable the experience of claiming universal credit is for hundreds of thousands of people who rely on it. Organisations working with claimants have been saying the same to the DWP for many, many months.


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    June 8, 2018

     Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has called for key cuts to Universal Credit to be reversed following new DWP evidence showing a large number of claimants are struggling to make ends meet many months into their claims. The survey also shows a significant number of claimants had no confidence in their ‘claimant commitment’ – the document setting out what claimants must do to receive universal credit, including work-related requirements. A full fifth of claimants (21%) were unable to submit their claim online mainly due to difficulties using computers or the internet.

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    June 7, 2018

    CPAG warmly welcomes the Government’s  announcement  today that it will improve universal credit for some claimants moving over from legacy benefits including protecting those with severe disabilites from losses as they move to the new benefit .  But the charity urges comparable improvements for claimants with disabled children.

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  • Child Poverty Action Group wins more exemptions to two-child rule

    April 27, 2018

    Child Poverty Action Group welcomes today’s announcement from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions that all children who are adopted will not be taken into account for the purposes of the two-child limit in tax credits and universal credit. But the charity urged the Secretary of State to go further and ensure that all children born as a result of non-consensual sex are also not taken into account for the purposes of the two-child limit.

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  • High court finds two-child rule exception perverse

    April 20, 2018

    The High Court has today ruled that one of the Government’s key welfare reform policies, the two-child rule for tax credits and universal credit (1), is in part unlawful.

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    April 19, 2018

    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is pursuing judicial review proceedings challenging the DWP’s decision to limit backdated payments for disabled people who were underpaid when they were moved from incapacity benefit (IB) to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to an October 2014 date. 

    The DWP has confirmed that it will defend its decision following the charity’s application for judicial review proceedings last month, although, given the number of people involved and potential amount of money at stake, it has agreed to the case being expedited.

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  • Faith leaders urge the government to loosen the grip of poverty on families by removing the two-child limit policy

    April 6, 2018

    PRESS RELEASE: for immediate release

    Today, 60 Bishops from the Church of England and senior representatives from other Christian, Jewish and Muslim organisations have come together to urge the Government to rethink its two-child limit policy, one year on from its introduction.

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  • Child poverty harms children’s educational opportunities

    April 2, 2018

    Growing child poverty is affecting children’s learning, say NEU education professionals, and schools and education staff are increasingly providing the services and essentials of daily life to stop families falling through the cracks.

    A snapshot survey (1) of a sample of heads, teachers and school support staff who are members of the National Education Union (NEU) reveals the extent to which poverty is damaging the educational opportunities for children from poor families.

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  • CPAG's response to annual poverty statistics

    March 22, 2018
    • 30% of children in poverty for second year running after housing costs (AHC) – increase from 4 million to 4.1 million
    • 67% of poor children in working families (AHC)
    • Risk of poverty for self-employed couples with children up from 30% to 33% (AHC)
    • Risk of poverty for children in lone parent families up from 47% to 49% (AHC)
    • Risk of poverty for children in families with 3 or more children up from 39% to 42% (AHC)
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    March 15, 2018

    The Court of Appeal today overturned a High Court ruling that the lower benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children aged under two but left the door open for a wider challenge to the lawfulness of the cap as it applies to all lone parents. The Court ruled that the case had not demonstrated that lone parents of children aged under two were substantially more disadvantaged by the cap than lone parents in general.

    Commenting on the judgment, Child Poverty Action Group solicitor Carla Clarke said:

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