Making a difference together: five key lessons from Covid Realities

24 January 2022
The cost of living crunch is rightly attracting lots of attention, with millions fearful of how they’ll get by as costs rise yet further. There is an urgent need to provide families with more support through our social security system: a system that has become unfit for purpose following cut after cut, with successive governments seemingly unwilling to recognise that social security is an investment in us all.

2021 at CPAG

07 January 2022
This video features highlights from our work in 2021.

Early Warning System e-bulletin - December 2021

December 2021
In this edition of the e-bulletin, we heard about the problems some claimants face when claiming help with housing costs.

Extra time to tackle child poverty in Welsh schools

15 December 2021
Last week, the Welsh education minister Jeremy Miles announced a £2 million programme to trial new approaches to the timing of the school day. In the two-year pilot, participating schools will provide learners with the opportunity to take part in music, art, sports, and other activities after core school hours, to build rich social and cultural knowledge. As well as supporting individual children’s health and wellbeing, the policy could also be a powerful way of addressing child poverty in the round.

The rising cost of a child

14 December 2021
With inflation once more in the news and Christmas around the corner, many parents are understandably concerned about covering family costs. Our latest findings show that the cost of bringing up a child has risen to at least £160,000, with increases in items such as childcare, food and domestic fuel pushing it ever higher.

Inflation fuels rising cost of a child as universal credit cut bites

14 December 2021
The cost of bringing up a child topped £160,000 in 2021 – jumping well over 3% - as millions grapple with inflation and the universal credit cut, research for Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows.

The cost of a child in 2021

13 December 2021
Child Poverty Action Group’s annual cost of a child report looks at how much it costs families to provide a minimum socially acceptable standard of living for their children. Since 2012, this report series has systematically monitored the minimum cost of a child. This report updates those calculations for 2021 and outlines the factors affecting the latest figures. The total cost of raising a child to the age of 18 now stands at £160,692 for a couple and £193,801 for a lone parent.

Documenting life on a low income this winter

10 December 2021
Between July 2020 and July 2021, we worked together to document life on a low income during the Covid-19 pandemic. Through the Covid Realities research programme, over 100 parents and carers kept online diaries about what everyday life was like, and took part in online discussion groups to explore what needs to change and why. As a participant (Kim) and a researcher (Ruth) working together on this project, we wanted so share our reflections.

£20 cut leaves black hole in families’ finances

09 December 2021
Just over a month ago, the government went ahead with the decision to cut millions of parents’ universal credit by £20 a week. There was a loud public outcry against this devastating cut, which we warned would pull 300,000 more children into poverty. Evidence is now emerging about how it is affecting families who were already struggling to keep their heads above water.