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OBR sceptical about DWP's claims about Universal Credit

09 February 2018
The roll-out of Universal Credit may be running five years later than planned, having wasted £40 million in botched IT, and been emasculated by austerity cuts since 2015, but its advocates in the DWP still argue that it is all going to be worthwhile in the end because its labour supply effects will get people into work and onto higher earnings

New report: domestic violence and financial support

23 November 2017
Our new report, which draws on evidence from our advice work, outlines a problem some women have when they leave an abusive partner and need benefits to support their children.

The Austerity Generation: promise of greater rewards from work broken under universal credit as families with children hardest hit by cuts

06 November 2017
The promise of greater rewards from work made to working families has been broken as a result of cuts to Universal Credit and tax credits, with losses reaching thousands of pounds in many cases, new analysis by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows.

Six key points from 'The Austerity Generation: the impact of a decade of cuts on families with children'

06 November 2017
Today, CPAG publishes a major new study on the impact of austerity on families with children: ‘The Austerity Generation: the impact of a decade of cuts on family incomes and child poverty‘.

Universal Credit: response to Secretary of State’s speech

02 October 2017
In response to David Gauke's Conservative party speech, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: "We've been calling for some time for information on advance payments to be proactively offered to families with children...

The effects of welfare reform: Sue’s story

20 July 2017
Sue is part of Dole Animators – a group of people with experience of the social security system in the UK who work together to highlight the effects of welfare reform.

CPAG launches new universal credit email advice service

07 March 2017
CPAG has launched a new universal credit email advice service for advisers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The service is designed to supplement our Handbooks, telephone advice service and online information provided on our website through Ask CPAG.

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.