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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.

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]

Family living standards fall as minimum cost to raise a child up 4% in last year

19 August 2013
As parents face back-to-school costs, new research published today by Child Poverty Action Group and co-funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that parents face a growing struggle to provide a decent standard of living for their families in 2013.

Autumn Statement: New cuts hit children in working and out of work families

05 December 2012
Despite all the talk, working families are once again at the front of the queue for spending cuts.

Autumn Statement: New cuts hit children in working and out of work families

05 December 2012
Commenting in response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said: “Despite all the talk, working families are once again at the front of the queue for spending cuts. With 6 in 10 poor children living with a working parent, real terms cuts to tax credits, housing and child benefits are grim news...

Overhyped Budget does little for families

27 April 2012
Key points from Budget 2012: £2.165 billion of cuts to support for working families to go ahead next month; child poverty still expected to rise by an average of 100,000 children a year under Coalition’s spending plans; hundreds of thousands of low earners will gain just £33 from the tax threshold rise, not £220 as was claimed.

Court rules to allow discriminatory impacts of Housing Benefit cuts

13 October 2011
The High Court of Justice has today passed down judgment in favour of the Government in a Judicial Review brought by Child Poverty Action Group. The review concerned two specific cuts to housing benefit that came into force this April: restriction of maximum household size to four bedrooms and caps on the amount of Housing Benefit a household can receive.

Government faces legal challenge to housing benefit cuts

07 March 2011
Child Poverty Action Group has announced today that it has issued urgent proceedings for judicial review of two of the cuts to Housing Benefit for private sector tenants due to come into force in full on 1st April 2011: restriction of maximum household size to four bedrooms and caps on the amount of Housing Benefit a household can receive.