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Widening the net and twisting the knife: the benefit cap gets worse

07 November 2016
Today sees the benefit cap – the limit on total benefits which households can receive if no-one works at least 16 hours a week – fall from £26,000 a year to £20,000, or £23,000 in London.

Bedroom tax: time for a dishonourable retirement

28 January 2016
The bedroom tax (or under-occupancy penalty, as the government prefers), after smashing through so many families’ carefully balanced budgets, has finally hit a legal wall.

What is happening to discretionary housing payments?

16 March 2015
If you had heard the Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper, reassuring MP on Monday this week about future funding levels of Discretionary Housing Payments, you would be forgiven for believing that, on this issue, the Government was making adequate resources available to meet needs

CPAG criticises housing payments cut

30 January 2015
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has strongly criticised the government’s decision, announced today, to cut local authorities’ budgets for discretionary housing payments by 24% (from £165m in 2014 -15 to £125m for 2015-16)[fn]Discretionary Financial Assistance Regulations 2001 SI No. 11167 p1599[/fn]

CPAG responds to Iain Duncan Smith speech on welfare reform

23 January 2014
Responding to today’s speech by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome the Secretary of State’s commitment to giving claimants the greater flexibility they need to enter work whilst keeping more of their earnings and not having housing support or tax credits thrown into chaos...

DWP drops Supreme Court appeal over disabled children ‘bedroom tax’

14 March 2013
The Department for Work and Pensions has issued an ‘urgent bulletin’ announcing that the Secretary of State has decided to drop his pursuit of an appeal at the Supreme Court on a case he had lost at the Court of Appeal.