Since 1965 we have been leading work to prevent and end child poverty in the UK. Backed by many supporters and donors, we have been able to make real positive change for many children and families affected by or at risk of poverty.
Here are some highlights for the 2018/19 financial year from our annual report:
- Following sustained pressure from CPAG and others before the 2018 Budget, the Chancellor increased universal credit work allowances for families with children by £1,000 a year starting in April. That will mean up to £630 a year (just over £50 a month) in the pockets of these families.
- We led a collaborative campaign with other charities and MPs to improve the way the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) approached managed migration in universal credit (the way people move from the existing social security system to universal credit) and succeeded in achieving significant positive change.
- We won our legal challenge on employment and support allowance underpayments for those who were moved over from incapacity benefit. This means 70,000 people with disabilities will receive money (in some cases thousands of pounds) they should have had all along – money that will help support them and their families.
- Our High Court case challenging the two-child limit (which limits tax credits and universal credit to two children in a family in many circumstances) partly succeeded, and now kinship carers and adoptive parents are exempt from the limit in all circumstances. We also contributed to campaigning that led to the two-child limit not being applied retrospectively. Our legal case continues, as does our coalition campaigning to lift the whole policy.
- Our campaign on school clothing led to all local authorities in Scotland making uniform grants to eligible families of at least £100.
Progress in Scotland
Universal credit campaigning
Spotlight on: judicial review
A history of campaigning
You can make a difference
We need your help to make sure those in positions of power act on our recommendations to tackle the root causes of poverty.
We provide trusted and expert information, training and advice to frontline workers to help families get the financial support they need.
We need donations to run our vital services. £3.90 a month over a year could fund an hour of our valued advice service so families in poverty get the support they need.
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We put your money towards work that makes a positive and lasting difference. For every £1.00 you donate, 90p helps find solutions to poverty.