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Worse off: The impact of universal credit on families in Tower Hamlets

16 October 2019
Tower Hamlets has the highest rate of child poverty in the UK: 57 per cent, after housing costs are taken into account. In 2017, Tower Hamlets became one of the first boroughs in London to become a universal credit ‘full service’ area. The London Borough of Tower Hamlets commissioned CPAG to research the experiences of families with children in receipt of universal credit.

Social security – where have we been and where are we going?

10 October 2019
As our Secure Futures for Children and Families gets underway, our CEO Alison Garnham looks back and the history of the social security system, what has gone wrong and what the future could look like. 

Understand poverty by talking to all of the experts

10 October 2019
This week sees the UN day for the Eradication of Poverty and London Challenge Poverty Week. One of the events to mark this is the launch of a new study to understand poverty in all its forms in the UK. This blog sets out the key findings only – please check out the full report. The phrase ending poverty in all its forms comes from the Sustainable Development Goals.

Secure Futures for Children and Families: Where we are now and what needs to change

10 October 2019
Secure Futures for Children and Families will ask the question: What does a social security system that provides a secure future for children and families look like? This launch paper sets out where the social security system is now and what needs to change.

Vulnerable tribunals?

Issue 272 (October 2019)
Martin Williams considers the implications of a recent Upper Tribunal decision concerning the treatment of ‘vulnerable adults’ by the First-tier Tribunal.

The transitional SDP amount

Issue 272 (October 2019)
Owen Stevens considers new rules providing extra amounts of universal credit (UC) to certain severely disabled claimants who have undergone ‘natural’ migration to UC from legacy benefits.

UC managed migration rules

Issue 272 (October 2019)
Simon Osborne looks at rules regarding piloting of ‘managed’ migration to universal credit (UC).

Editorial: Poverty 164

Poverty 164 (Autumn 2019)
A new vision for social security

Welfare reform mitigation in Northern Ireland

Poverty 164 (Autumn 2019)
Eileen Evason and Kevin Higgins report on the welfare reform mitigation programme, designed to lessen the impact of some of the harshest aspects of the system in Northern Ireland.

Participatory budgeting

Poverty 164 (Autumn 2019)
Participatory budgeting involves engaging citizens in a community-based approach to the allocation of public money. In this article, Rosie Ilett and Richard Brunner describe a recent participatory budgeting exercise in Glasgow, in which residents in an East End neighbourhood voted on how to spend £205,000 of council funds to reduce child poverty.