Our policy journal

Published three times a year, Poverty journal carries articles and features to inform, stimulate and develop debate about the nature and causes of poverty. Each issue includes three in-depth features, reviews of latest poverty research, analysis of child poverty statistics, and views from practitioners and young people themselves.

This page contains a selection of articles and editorials from each issue. Access to the full content is part of CPAG’s membership package.

Please note the views expressed in articles are not necessarily those of CPAG. We welcome articles and other contributions from our readers – if you are interested, please contact the editor at jtucker@cpag.org.uk.

  • Fair Shares and Families study

    Issue 160 (summer 2018)

    Here, Gill Main describes a new study, looking at how resources are shared in families and how children economise in order to save money, meet their own needs and minimise the stress on their parents.

    More from Poverty 160

  • The impact of welfare reform on housing security

    July 2018

    Welfare reforms underway since 2010 will reduce social security spending by £27 billion a year by 2021, and reach into most aspects of financial support for working-age adults and children. These deep cuts hit the poorest places hardest, and disproportionately affect lone parents and disabled people. Several key reforms particularly affect the affordability of social rents, despite the fact that the provision of social housing has been described as the most redistributive and poverty-reducing aspect of the welfare state.

  • ‘You can’t live on thin air’: the wait for universal support

    Issue 160 (summer 2018)

    The impact of the transition to universal credit is only just beginning to be felt. By the end of 2018, all job centres across the UK will be processing claimants in the new system, and by 2022 all existing eligible claimants still on the legacy benefits will have been migrated to the new system – 12 million households.

  • Editorial: Poverty 160

    Issue 160 (summer 2018)

    New poverty figures show that child poverty has risen for the third year in a row, to 4.1 million (after housing costs). And analysis by the University of York shows that families in poverty are now more than £60 a week below the poverty line on average, compared with just over £50 10 years ago. This ‘poverty gap’ has increased most starkly since 2012, when the first round of this decade’s welfare reforms started to take real effect.

  • Editorial: Poverty 159

    Issue 159 (Winter 2018)

    The appointment of the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, has caused a stir, especially coming shortly after her predecessor had shown some willingness to address universal credit design problems. In last year’s Budget he reduced the initial wait for payments from six to five weeks and announced two weeks’ extra housing benefit for people who would otherwise struggle to pay their rent, as well as announcing that larger advances would be available.

  • The importance of income for children and families: an updated review of the evidence

    Issue 159 (Winter 2018)

    It is an all too familiar fact that children from low-income households tend to do less well than children whose parents are better off. They have worse health, do less well at school, and are more likely to have behavioural problems. In a systematic evidence review conducted in 2013, Kerris Cooper and Kitty Stewart found clear confirmation that low income is itself one reason for these worse outcomes, and not just a proxy for other factors such as parental education.

  • Implementing universal credit

    Issue 159 (Winter 2018)

    The implementation of universal credit has been beset with problems. Here, Ros White considers the effect on claimants of the delays to the universal credit roll-out and the government’s failure to fully address the complexities involved.

    More from Poverty 159

  • The austerity generation: the impact of cuts to universal credit on family incomes and child poverty

    Issue 159 (Winter 2018)

    CPAG’s new report, The Austerity Generation, sets out the effect of a decade of cuts to social security on family incomes and child poverty, based on modelling by the Institute for Public Policy Research.

  • Interview: Paul Gray

    Issue 159 (Winter 2018)

    The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) is an independent, non-partisan, statutory body of experts, set up in 1980 to advise the Secretary of State on secondary legislation and to scrutinise how social security policy will be implemented. It also carries out independent work to build an evidence base, stimulate debate and introduce new thinking. Paul Gray has chaired SSAC since 2011, following a career in the civil service which included roles as second permanent secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and chair at HM Revenue and Customs.

  • Twenty-first century working welfare: the experiences of lone mothers and their children

    Issue 158 (Autumn 2017)

    ‘A welfare system that recognises work is the best route out of poverty.’

    ‘The best route out of poverty is through work.’