Two child limit challenge

R (SC and Ors) v SSWP [2021] UKSC 26
This was a challenge to the two child limit, introduced by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016, which restricts support for children in families claiming child tax credit or universal credit to the first two children (subject to limited exceptions). The limit applies to families where the third or subsequent child is born after 5 April 2017. The legal challenge was partially successful in the High Court but an appeal to the Court of Appeal on the lawfulness of the overall policy was unsuccessful. An appeal to the Supreme Court was heard remotely across 20-22 October 2020 and judgment was handed down on 9/7/21 dismissing the appeal.

A UC sink hole – the minimum income floor returns

30 July 2021
Last October, Money Saving Expert founder Martin Lewis tweeted a warning about the ‘huge sink hole awaiting many self-employed’ people when the suspension of universal credit’s minimum income floor ended. While the government extended the suspension, it now ends this week. Self-employed workers up and down the country will start to be affected (with some possible concessions) after 31 July, and may face huge financial difficulties as a result.   

We're recruiting a personal support coach

28 July 2021
Child Poverty Action Group are looking for an experienced Employment Support Coach in Taunton to support parents into work or training as part of our Your Work Your Way project. Your Work Your Way researches the barriers to work for potential second earners in couples, and best practice at supporting them. Our coaches work with an experienced Welfare Rights Advisor to recruit and support 25 clients in each area over the course of the year.

Universal credit and work: the reality

21 July 2021
In attempting to justify the unjustifiable, namely the cut to universal credit that is due in October, secretary of state for work and pensions Thérèse Coffey said the government was: ‘shift[ing] the focus strongly on to getting people into work.’ But this is a cut that will affect millions of working families. The government has subjected our social security system to so many cuts and freezes that families desperately needed the £20 increase and it must stay, but universal credit’s very design still makes it hard for parents to escape poverty through work.

Universal credit: what needs to change to make it fit for children and families?

21 July 2021
Universal credit (UC) is now the main working-age benefit in the UK. Since its inception, UC has been plagued with administrative issues and budget cuts and, as a result, its early promise to reduce poverty has yet to be realised. When the pandemic hit, swift changes were needed to make UC fit for purpose including an increase in the amount of financial support provided and a relaxation of some of its most punitive rules. However, the vast majority of these positive changes have already been reversed, or are due to be reversed in the coming months.

New blog series: insights from Cost of the School Day frontline practitioners

20 July 2021
Since January 2020, we’ve been working with our project partners, Children North East, to poverty proof schools in parts of England, Scotland and Wales. Our team of skilled practitioners have spoken with over 7,500 pupils across Coventry, Greenwich, Kensington and Chelsea, Moray and Rhondda Cynon Taf. Our new blog series aims to share some of the practitioners' insights.

“We know that poverty affects children and their communities differently”

20 July 2021
This is the fifth of a series of five blogs about why listening to pupils is key to tackling the cost of the school day. The ‘Poverty Proofing’ process was designed by CPAG’s project partners Children North East. Poverty Proofing Practice Advisor, Francesca Hogg, describes the child-centred values that underpin this approach.

“An effortless, non-threatening vehicle for scrutinizing poverty within schools”

20 July 2021
This is the fourth of a series of five blogs about why listening to pupils is key to tackling the cost of the school day. Rhian Reynolds, who delivers the project in South Wales, describes how valuable schools have found hearing from pupils and what they plan to do as a result of the Cost of the School Day project.

“Children and young people are the experts in their school experience”

20 July 2021
This is the third of a series of five blogs about why listening to pupils is key to tackling the cost of the school day. Richard Barrie, who works as a Cost of the School Day Practitioner in Coventry, shares some examples of what pupils have told us about school costs.

“I have been surprised sometimes at the candour of pupils”

20 July 2021
This is the second of a series of five blogs about why listening to pupils is key to tackling the cost of the school day. Kirsty Campbell, our Cost of the School Day Practitioner in Moray, describes how eye-opening it is to speak to pupils about school costs and money, and how willing pupils are to share their views.