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Old problems and new: advising people on benefits issues at Tower Hamlets’ food banks

29 May 2015
We know that up to two-thirds of the people turning to the foodbank for help are having problems with the benefits system. That’s why since August 2013, a CPAG adviser funded by the Pears Foundation has been working in a foodbank centre in Tower Hamlets, helping people resolve the benefit problems which have brought them there, and gathering evidence about how and why people use foodbanks.

Fixing holes in social security support would reduce need for food banks, users’ experience shows

19 November 2014
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.

3-year benefit ban hits 120 disabled people under new sanctions regime

06 November 2013
The DWP has today published new data on the use of sanctions for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants. It is the first data that covers new sanctions regimes that commenced for JSA in October 2012, and for ESA in December 2012.

CPAG statement on Prime Minister's speech and plans to remove benefits from rioters

15 August 2011
Commenting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which receives its Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This bill means too many vulnerable people are set to be losers, and too many people will find the promise to make work pay is not being kept...

Welfare Reform Bill must be put on hold until government explains plans

15 June 2011
Commenting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which receives its Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This bill means too many vulnerable people are set to be losers, and too many people will find the promise to make work pay is not being kept...