It’s poverty, not worklessness

Issue 158 (Autumn 2017)

For the last 20 years there has been a mantra among the UK political classes that work is the best solution to poverty. It was the background to the welfare-to-work New Deal programmes in the 2000s. Since 2010, it has been reinforced with more benefit conditionality and punitive sanctions and it has been used to justify many of the austerity measures: the freezing of working-age benefits, the benefit cap, the two-child policy, cuts to employment and support allowance, the bedroom tax and rent limits in housing benefit.

The growth of emergency food provision to children

Issue 158 (Autumn 2017)

In 2016/17, Trussell Trust food banks provided 436,938 food parcels to children. The increasing use of food projects by children, together with evidence on the rising levels of food insecurity, has drawn attention to the level of hunger experienced by families with children across the UK. Hannah Lambie-Mumford reviews the research and suggests what the policy response should be.

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Editorial: Poverty 158

Issue 158 (Autumn 2017)

As this editorial is being written, Theresa May has just given her closing speech to the Conservative Party conference. Pressure has been building on the government to dial back austerity, improve the affordability of housing, do more to create financial security for young people, and fix its flagship welfare reform programme: the now infamous universal credit. The articles in this issue highlight some of the challenges it might have addressed: the cost of austerity for single parents, the rise of food bank use, and the growing problem of in-work poverty.

Protecting the vulnerable – how to keep 100% Council Tax Reduction in your area!


As the elected Mayor of Bedford Borough, in 2013 I faced 40 per cent cuts in local government financing, a new localism agenda and welfare reform. As part of welfare reform, local councils had to devise their own Council Tax Reduction Scheme to replace the Council Tax Benefit System, taking on this responsibility from central government.

Appeal rights and mandatory reconsideration

Issue 260 (October 2017)

Ros White considers CPAG’s recent test case success in the Upper Tribunal.

‘Closing’ universal credit claims

Issue 260 (October 2017)

Martin Williams looks at the DWP practice of ‘closing’ claims to universal credit (UC).

Challenges of Poverty: Parents' Voices.

October 2017

This Early Warning System short report is published as part of Challenge Poverty Week 2017 to highlight, through the experiences of low income families, and in their words, how poverty and welfare changes impact on child and family wellbeing.

PIP and ‘social support’

Issue 260 (October 2017)

Simon Osborne reviews recent caselaw about personal independence payment (PIP) and ‘social support’ when engaging with other people.

‘Two-child limit’: the exceptions

Issue 260 (October 2017)

Following the introduction of the ‘two-child limit’ in April 2017 (as described in Bulletin 257), Mark Willis takes a closer look at the exceptions now that government guidance is available.

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19 October 2017

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