The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) today launches an innovative online welfare rights information and advice service for advisers and claimants. Ask CPAG Online offers up-to-the-minute, expert information on the big issues affecting benefits and tax credits claimants, as well as tailored email advice for advisers.
Visiting a food bank should be a last resort; yet new research from CPAG, Oxfam, the Trussell Trust and the Church of England finds that failures in the safety net itself are a key reason why people are turning to food banks. This is the first in-depth study into the personal experiences of recipients of emergency food aid in the UK. While UK-wide policy is pushing up the use of food banks, interviews carried out in Scotland also highlight a role for the Scottish Government and local authorities in preventing income crisis. Read more.
Visiting a food bank should be a last resort: yet new research from CPAG, Oxfam, the Trussell Trust and the Church of England finds that failures in the safety net itself are forcing people to turn to food banks.
Gaps in the social security safety net are a key reason why people are turning to food banks, according to the first in-depth study into the personal experiences of recipients of emergency food aid in the UK.
Responding today to the government’s decision to reconsider how to fund local welfare assistance schemes in 2015/16, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome that the government has recognised the importance of local welfare assistance schemes and has committed to undertake a thorough review and consultation before deciding how the schemes will be funded in future...
A new research report, commissioned by Defra and published on their website today, states that the evidence points to there being genuine need for food aid in Britain today. The report arrived on the same day as 27 Church of England Bishops wrote to the Prime Minister and warned that coalition policies are creating hardship and hunger.
Following today’s warning by 26 Bishops about a national crisis of hunger, Defra has published a new research report that suggests that there is significant need for food aid in Britain today. Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The Government’s own commissioned research today finds that the huge growth in foodbank use is a result of real hardship and hunger...
Dole Animators, a ground-breaking project based in Leeds, is a group of jobseekers, single parents and disabled people who have made an animated film about their experience claiming support through social security during the period when the government’s welfare reforms are being implemented.