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Mind the Gaps: Social security during the pandemic

21 August 2020
We have seen a significant government response to the financial hit many have faced because of the coronavirus – from the job retention scheme and self-employed income support scheme to the increase in universal credit (UC) and tax credits. While many families will have benefited from the stability and certainty these welcome interventions have given them, they have not been comprehensive. We are always most worried about the people who fall through the gaps.

A package to restore benefits for children could lift more than 700,000 children out of poverty

05 June 2019
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is calling for re-investment in social security support for the UK’s children in a new report detailing the costs of restoring a catalogue of cuts to social security - including sub-inflationary uprating since 2013/14 - and providing a blueprint for making universal credit fit for families.

Six steps for the new government

11 May 2015
Newly re-elected, David Cameron has appointed his cabinet to lead the 2015 government. But what will he, and his ministers, do to turn back a rising tide of child poverty? In addition to the Prime Minister himself, George Osborne and Iain Duncan-Smith will be back in their pre-election roles of Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

The DWP's new solution to the problem of low pay? Blame working families

20 April 2015
How many hours should low-paid parents be expected to work? Universal credit (UC) pilots launched today provide an insight into government thinking on this question. Over the next year or so, 15,000 working families in receipt of UC will be randomly subject to different levels of ‘in-work conditionality’ requiring them to look for more or better paid jobs.

Benefit sanctions report: CPAG response

24 March 2015
In response to the Work & Pensions Committee report on benefit sanctions, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said: “This powerful report should be read by everyone who wants to sort out the benefit system’s administrative problems or cut food bank queues...

Benefits sanctions inquiry - our response

24 March 2015
In response to the Work & Pensions Committee report on benefit sanctions, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said: “This powerful report should be read by everyone who wants to sort out the benefit system’s administrative problems or cut food bank queues...

Response to All Party Parliamentary Group's report on food banks

08 December 2014
Responding to the APPG’s report on food poverty, Feeding Britain: A strategy for zero hunger in England, Scotland and Wales, Alison Garnham Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The report is absolutely clear that there is growing hunger in the UK, that tackling it must be a national priority and that fixing the administration of benefits will remove a key trigger for food bank use...

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.