ESA and UC: components axed

Issue 257 (April 2017)

The employment and support allowance (ESA) component for work-related activity and the universal credit (UC) element for limited capability for work have been abolished from 3 April 2017. Simon Osborne describes the rules, including who can still be entitled.

The two-child limit

Issue 257 (April 2017)

From 6 April 2017, a two-child limit applies in child tax credit (CTC) and means-tested benefits. Mark Willis and Simon Osborne describe the rules.

Old-fashioned kinds of poverty affecting child health

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It’s nearly a year since the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health first joined forces with Child Poverty Action Group to explore the links between poverty and children’s health. We know that four million children in the UK live in poverty, and we know that there is a demonstrable link between social disadvantage and poor health outcomes, but we wanted to look beyond the data and discover what our members – paediatricians – were seeing on the frontline.  

One year in: Mayor of London’s record so far

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In his Manifesto, Sadiq Khan boldly declared that ‘in a city as prosperous as London, there is no excuse for child poverty’. He repeated this statement almost word-for-word in A City for All Londoners, his new vision for London, published in October last year. Obviously we agree, but what action has he taken since to tackle the drivers of child poverty? And by this we mean the high housing costs, lack of affordable childcare, underemployment and low pay in the capital.

Poverty is ‘making children sick’, say children’s doctors

11 May 2017

Poverty and low income is seriously affecting the health of UK children paediatricians are warning. Our survey with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) found almost half of paediatricians who reponded say the problem is getting worse. 

Any new Government must tackle health inequalities or risk storing up health problems for future generations, our report says.

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Latest advising BME communities ebulletin

8 May 2017

Read our latest ebulletin which includes: Scottish social security experience panels; Destitution conference; Universal credit roll out update; Two child limit; Access to higher education for Syrians; Case law; and more.

 

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Work for CPAG

8 May 2017

We're recruiting a Welfare Rights Adviser to take forward our new early warning system project. More details here.

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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.