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Budget 2020: families need more support in health and in sickness

11 March 2020
Commenting on today’s Budget, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham said: "New Corona virus emergency measures on Statutory Sickness Pay, employment support allowance and universal credit are welcome but low-income families need support in health and in sickness. When it comes to the nation’s longer-term priorities, action on poverty must trump potholes and pubs. We need to properly re-invest in our social infrastructure."

KH v Bury MBC and SSWP (HB) [2020] UKUT 50 (AAC)

Retention of "worker status" when worked for over a year - no test of whether has a genuine chance of being engaged

2020 Budget consultation

06 March 2020
CPAG responded to the Government's consultation before the 2020 Budget.

Briefing for MPs for second reading of Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill

06 March 2020
On Friday 13 March, the Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill will have its second reading. We are encouraging MPs to attend the second reading of this Bill. This briefing provides information about the costs of school uniforms and how these costs can impact families.

Briefing for Lords debate on social security uprating

05 March 2020
It is of course welcome that after a four-year freeze, most working-age benefits are now to be uprated in line with inflation through this uprating order. However, this step does nothing to reverse any of the cuts to benefits in recent years: it will only keep benefits at the same real-terms value they have this year, and ‘lock in’ the current shortfall. It does nothing to compensate for the losses caused to families by years of failure to uprate benefits adequately while prices for food, bills and clothing have continued to rise. If we are to restore families’ living standards and start addressing rising poverty, benefits will need to rise by more than inflation to compensate for what has been lost.

Early Warning System E-Bulletin - February 2020

February 2020
Summary of universal credit mandatory reconsideration problems coming into the EWS and an invitation to complete an MR survey.

DWP data shows families under the poverty line are moving deeper into poverty

13 February 2020
Families already living under the poverty line have been pushed deeper into poverty since 2012, new analysis from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows. And, the analysis finds, the number of children in poverty in households where all the parent(s) work full time - be they single or couple-parents - has doubled from 200,000 in 2012/13 to 400,000 in 2017/18.*

Dragged deeper: How families are falling further and further below the poverty line

13 February 2020
Lots of attention is given to the number of children in poverty but as a society we do not only care about the rate of poverty but also the depth of poverty. If everyone in poverty is very close to the poverty line we should perhaps worry less than when millions of people are substantially below the poverty line. A good way to measure the depth of poverty is the median poverty gap, which indicates how far below the poverty line the average family in poverty is.

Together, we can drive a movement

11 February 2020
As we are bringing children up, poverty is bringing them down. It’s not right that poverty limits children’s chances at school. But when kids grow up poor, financial barriers prevent them from fully participating in school – such as the cost of uniforms, school trips, meals, after-school activities and much, much more. Together with Children North East, we want to lead a cultural shift across the UK to make the school day more inclusive and allow all children to have a happy, healthy and enriching school experience. Children deserve nothing less.

Tax and secure futures

11 February 2020
The tax system does not raise enough money. But if the tax system is to support an effective social security system, reforms must go further than raising more money. The tax system should support the three principles that CPAG has recommended for an effective social security system.