Press Releases

  • Universal credit assessment system is leaving claimants out of pocket

    August 6, 2018

    Working people claiming universal credit are having their benefits capped when they shouldn’t be, and losing the effects of ‘work allowances’ worth up to £258 per month simply because of the dates on which their paydays and universal credit 'assessment periods' happen to fall, new evidence from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows. Last month the Work and Pensions Secretary acknowledged the need to look at “ … payment cycles for those in work.” (3)

     In the worst cases workers are losing hundreds of pounds each year simply because their paydays clash with the monthly 'assessment periods' in universal credit (UC). Far from offering much-vaunted simplicity, universal credit rules leave many workers unable to predict what their payments will be from one month to the next. People who happen to move house at the ‘wrong’ point in their assessment period can also lose hundreds of pounds in help with rent.

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  • CPAG legal action leads to full arrears for disabled claimants

    July 18, 2018

    Child Poverty Action Group welcomes the Work and Pensions Secretary’s announcement today that arrears for up to 70,000 disabled people who were underpaid when they were moved from incapacity benefit (IB) to employment and support allowance (ESA) will be backdated to the date that they moved to ESA. The announcement follows legal action from CPAG which challenged the Department’s original decision to limit backdating of the arrears to 2014, the date of a tribunal decision.

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  • 71,000 FAMILIES HIT BY THE TWO-CHILD LIMIT POLICY IN ITS FIRST YEAR

    June 28, 2018

    DWP statistics published today show  71,000 families have lost entitlement to child allowances in tax credits or universal credit in the first year of the ‘two-child  policy’ (1).  

    Commenting on the figure, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

    “Our analysis with IPPR last year found 200,000 children will be pulled into poverty by the two-child limit.  Today’s DWP statistics now show it’s already having a damaging impact – and at a fast pace.  These are struggling families,  most of them in work,  who will lose up to £2,780 a year  -  a huge amount if you’re a parent on low pay.  

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  • 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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  • DWP’S OWN SURVEY CATALOGUES UNIVERSAL CREDIT FAILINGS

    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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  • CHILD POVERTY ACTION GROUP WELCOMES UNIVERSAL CREDIT CHANGES

    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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  • CHARITY TAKES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST DWP FOR DISABLED CLAIMANTS’ ARREARS

    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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