Press Releases

  • Lone parents aim for Supreme Court in ongoing legal challenge against the ‘two-child limit’ in tax credits and universal credit

    April 16, 2019

    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court on behalf of two lone mothers with children affected by the two-child limit. The move follows a Court of Appeal decision today which recognised that children in families with more than two children were prejudicially affected by the policy, but considered that the court was not a suitable institution for deciding on the balance between the interests of children and the interests of the community as a whole in ensuring parental responsibility.

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  • Two-child limit will tip 300,000 more children into poverty – new research for the policy’s two-year anniversary today

    April 6, 2019

    On today’s two-year anniversary of the two-child limit, new research for the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows 300,000 more children will be in poverty as a result of the policy by the time universal credit is fully rolled out in 2023-2024 (1). The policy, which restricts child allowances in universal credit and tax credits to the first two children in a family, has so far hit an estimated 150,000 families with children aged under two.

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  • CHILDREN GROWING UP IN POVERTY ENDURE HUNGER AND SHAME

    April 3, 2019

    Children in low-income families are going hungry and are being exposed to feelings of shame and social exclusion because of lack of money and food, new research from UCL, published by Child Poverty Action Group shows.

     Free school meals are not accessible to many children whose parents are on a low income and even when they are, the research finds, they may not provide enough food for children’s needs, especially in the teenage years, given daily allowances of just over £2. Some children in the study who came from the most severely deprived families, with no recourse to public funds (NRPF), simply did not eat at all during the school day.

     

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  • Child poverty in working families on the rise

    March 28, 2019

    Today’s publication of annual poverty statistics (Households Below Average Income) found:

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  • SPRING STATEMENT: NO JUSTIFICATION FOR ONGOING BENEFITS FREEZE

    March 13, 2019

    Child Poverty Action Group is dismayed that today’s Spring Statement has not brought an end to the freeze on working age benefits, despite cross-party calls for the policy to stop.

     Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

     “Struggling families are desperate for an end to the freeze on working age benefits, but this Spring Statement leaves them out in the cold once again. Already the freeze has saved the Treasury more than was ever intended, so there can be no ongoing justification for these ‘stealth cuts’ that mean that the poorest in society have borne the heaviest burden from paying off the deficit.

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  • APPEAL COURT BREAKTHROUGH FOR DISABLED EU BENEFIT CLAIMANTS

    March 7, 2019

    Two disabled people who moved to the UK from other EU countries have won an important Appeal Court case which entitles them to disability-related benefits in the UK from shortly after they arrived rather than having to wait two years. The case, brought by Child Poverty Action Group and Harrow Law Centre, will enable disabled EU citizens and their carers who have a “genuine and sufficient” connection to the UK to receive social security support at an earlier point if they relocate to the UK.

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  • DISABLED HOUSEHOLDS WORSE OFF ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT AIM FOR COURT OF APPEAL

    March 1, 2019

    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is seeking leave to appeal direct to the Court of Appeal on behalf of two disabled households who were left worse off after they were forced to move to universal credit (UC) because their existing benefits were wrongly stopped by the DWP. The move follows a High Court decision today which rejected a claim of unlawful discrimination brought by the two households and refused permission to appeal.

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  • Single mother forced into homelessness by housing benefit shortfall goes to Supreme Court

    January 31, 2019

     Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and homeless charity Shelter are supporting a Supreme Court case today on behalf of a lone mother who was treated as intentionally homeless because she didn’t use her non-housing benefits that are intended to cover other living costs to cover the £35 weekly gap between her housing benefit and her rent. Housing benefit covers only a portion of private sector rent in 95% of England’s broad rental areas.

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  • Disabled households worse off and stranded on Universal Credit bring High Court case against DWP

    January 11, 2019

    Two households affected by disability who were left worse off after they were forced to move to universal credit (UC) from existing benefits following incorrect decisions by DWP will challenge DWP policy in the High Court this week (Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th January).

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  • HIGH COURT FINDS DWP UNLAWFUL ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT ASSESSMENTS

    January 11, 2019

     

    o DWP interpretation of universal credit regulations wrong

    o Calculation methods “... lead to nonsensical situations…”

    o DWP error meant “…severe cash-flow problems..” for claimants

     

    In a test case victory for a group of working lone mothers, the High Court found today that the way the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been assessing income from employment through its Universal Credit (UC) work assessment periods is unlawful.

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