Our finances

CPAG is a leading UK charity with a proud heritage of more than 55 years of campaigning and an unparalleled reputation for the quality of our analysis and the support that we give to frontline workers.

We rely on the generosity of donors and funders to make all of this possible. CPAG's approach to fundraising is to increase our unrestricted income so we can use it where most needed, through increased individual giving, legacy and grants fundraising. Oak Foundation has funded CPAG with £1,000,000 for five years to provide core support to our work to prevent and end child and family poverty. We have also received core grants of £400,000 from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, £150,000 over three years from the John Ellerman Foundation and £100,000 over two years from the Pears Foundation

We are grateful to them and the following for their unrestricted donations: Betty Messenger Charitable Foundation, Calpe Trust, De Salis Young Family Charitable Trust, D M Charles Jones Charitable Trust, D M & J Wood Trust, Forsters LLP Charitable Trust, Grace Trust, Hawerby Trust, Henhurst Charitable Trust, Northwick Trust, Reverend D H and Mrs S T Clark Trust and Sydney Black Charitable Trust

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Many more organisations have provided emergency funding to CPAG in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as funding for specific programmes or grants. These can all be found in our most recent Annual Report here

Here are some highlights for the 2020/21 financial year: 

  • We won five significant legal challenges that, when implemented fully, will help over 100,000 families.

  • We played a lead role in securing £100 COVID-19 cash grant payments for each child in Scotland entitled to free school meals.

  • We campaigned with others to secure additional support for local welfare assistance. In England this saw £63 million invested last June and then £170 million through the Covid Winter Grant Scheme. £45 million was invested in the Scottish Welfare Fund (more than doubling the Fund).

  • The school uniform bill passed with our support, which should mean lower uniform costs for families in England.

  • In Wales we successfully advocated for increasing flexibility and discretion on the Discretionary Assistance Fund and extending the COVID-19 self-isolation payment to parents of children isolating.

  • Passionate young people campaigned successfully to protect free travel in London. The Don’t Zap the Zip campaign we coordinated was led by young people with the support of organisations and community groups.

Read more about our impact

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For every £1 of our expenditure in 2020/21, 94.4p was spent on our charitable activities.

CPAG's annual report 2020-21


CPAG in numbers

million secured in assistance for low-income families during COVID-19
families potentially helped through our legal action in the courts
families supported through our helpline for advisers
children reached directly through poverty proofing the school day