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Treasury must not wreck universal credit and poverty progress

17 February 2011
Commenting ahead of today’s publication of the Welfare Reform Bill, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The jury is still out on the universal credit. Ministers are right to aim for much better back to work support and a benefits system that makes it pay to work...

Supreme Court victory: overpayment recovery

Issue 220 (February 2011)
Sarah Clarke reports on the decision of the Supreme Court on the recovery of benefit overpayments via the ‘common law’.

Right to reside and self-employment: a review

Issue 220 (February 2011)
Martin Williams looks at some of the issues for claimants arguing a right of residence sufficient to claim means-tested benefits based on self-employment.

Universal credit flaws and IT glitch must not damage children and families

12 January 2011
Commenting on the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the government’s proposals for welfare reform and a Universal Credit system, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The IFS report looks at Universal Credit, but the Government’s overall record on welfare so far is even more worrying...

Campaigners welcome strengthened Child Poverty Commission

21 December 2010
Commenting on the publication today of the Government’s consultation on its child poverty strategy, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “We welcome this consultation. All the main parties in the United Kingdom, as well as all the national governments, are now committed to ending child poverty and asking voters to judge them on their results...

Professor Ruth Lister appointed Honorary President of Child Poverty Action Group

08 December 2010
Child Poverty Action Group has today at its Annual General Meeting announced the appointment of Professor Ruth Lister as the Honorary President of the Group. Following the death of Professor Peter Townsend in 2009, the position of President has remained unfilled until today partly as a matter of respect.

Contribution conditions for ESA and JSA

Issue 219 (December 2010)
Judith Paterson describes the new, stricter national insurance contribution conditions for employment and support allowance (ESA) and jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) from November 2010.

Universal credit: universal panacea?

Issue 219 (December 2010)
David Simmons takes a look at the Government’s intention to replace the main means-tested benefits for working-age claimants with a universal credit.

Spending Review – more cuts

Issue 219 (December 2010)
Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.