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Changing the Wallpaper: six activists and researchers on how to challenge poverty

20 October 2021
As part of Challenge Poverty Week in England and Wales, we held an online conference titled ‘Changing the Wallpaper.’ We aimed to change some of the conversations around poverty, and to get attendees to start noticing the wallpaper again in order to bring about change.

Welfare Rights Conference 2021

18 October 2021
Our annual Welfare Rights Conference is staying online for 2021, with a range of expert-led workshops running across the whole week of the 29th of November.

Cost of the School Day calendar 2021-22

The Cost of the School Day calendar aims to help schools identify possible cost barriers during the academic year and think about some alternatives to make sure all children and young people can fully participate in education. Throughout the calendar, we’ve included ideas and good practice examples from schools across England, Scotland and Wales who have taken part in the Cost of the School Day project.

London Calling: "Stretched too far"

15 October 2021
This report pulls together the views and experiences shared by parents and young people in the capital during the first year of the London Calling project. It looks at the key barriers to a good quality of life for children and families living on a low income in London in 2021, examines the effect of the pandemic on these barriers, and sets out what CPAG’s panel of low-income parents in London want the future to look like for themselves and their families.

Poverty and mental health: causes and effects 

10 October 2021
Universal credit has been high in the headlines this week as the government cut it by £20 a week. We joined many others in strongly condemning this cut, knowing just how much pressure it will place on already-struggling families. Some have argued that the cut might harm the mental health of those affected, and parents have expressed this fear to us. The social security system should be a source of support for those experiencing mental health problems, rather than a cause of those problems. This World Mental Health Day, we are reflecting on how well the system provides that support.

CPAG's submission to the Spending Review

08 October 2021
​​We are making recommendations to the government as part of its Spending Review.

London Calling: stretched too far - webinar

08 October 2021
This London Challenge Poverty Week (11 – 15 October 2021), Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) will launch a briefing on the experiences of low-income families in London during the Covid-19 pandemic, covering the first year of the charity’s London Calling project.

Benefit cap exception in universal credit: Court of Appeal judgement

08 October 2021
Court of Appeal has today overturned a High Court decision that the DWP's approach to the disapplication of the benefit cap in universal credit (UC) on the basis of earnings received in a monthly assessment period is irrational and unlawful. High Court case was brought by a working single mother on UC who was benefit-capped – and left up to £5,000 worse off per year – purely because her employer paid her four-weekly rather than by calendar month.

Universal credit, benefit cap and those paid 4 weekly

R (Pantellerisco and others) v SSWP [2021] EWCA Civ 1454
On 12 September 2019, CPAG issued judicial review proceedings on behalf of a single parent and her children challenging the application of the benefit cap to the mother’s universal credit award. The cap is applied to the mother despite the fact that she works 16 hours per week at national living wage, simply because she is paid 4 weekly rather than monthly. Permission to apply for judicial review was granted on 5 December 2019 and the case was heard on 12 May 2020. Judgment was given on 20 July 2020 with the court finding in the claimants' favour. The SSWP appealed to the Court of Appeal and the SSWP's appeal was allowed on 8 October 2021.

“Nothing in the pot” – the impact of the universal credit cut

06 October 2021
Recently I was asked: “How do I feel about the decision to cut universal credit? And what are you expecting to cut back on?” Here is my honest answer.