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New research: the Cost of a Child in 2020 shows need to keep ‘Covid-19 bonus’ in universal credit and tax credits

29 October 2020
The Covid-19 temporary £20 per week increase in universal credit and working tax credits has enabled some low-paid working families with full-time jobs to get close to – or even just above – a minimum acceptable standard of living (or MIS, a no-frills, but adequate standard of living ), new research for Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows.

Queen's speech: Child Poverty Action Group response

21 June 2017
Welcome shelving of plans to cut universal free school meals; no plans for tackling rising child poverty, despite promise to tackle ‘burning injustice’ of poverty; urgent need for a coherent social justice agenda.

Two-child limit will see 200,000 more children in poverty

03 April 2017
Limiting universal credit payments to two children per family will push another 200,000 more children under the official poverty line once universal credit fully bites. The biggest group affected will be working families with three kids

Budget 2017: new language but more thin gruel for struggling families

08 March 2017
Responding to today’s Budget, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “The Budget may have put the next generation first in words, but it was silent on the huge rises in child poverty projected by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (1) over the next five years. Nothing does more to damage the childhoods and life chances of our children than poverty...

Parents on minimum wage cannot meet basic family costs

22 September 2016
Parents working on the ‘national living wage’ still can’t earn enough to provide an acceptable minimum living standard for their children despite flat (and now falling) inflation and a drop in core household costs like food and energy – even if they both work full-time, warns a new report.

CPAG wins test case on tax credit appeals

27 July 2016
In an important test case brought by CPAG, it has been held that tax credit claimants have always been able to make a late appeal against decisions made by HMRC.

UK child poverty rises - 66% poor children now in working families

28 June 2016
In 2014-15, UK child poverty increased by 200,000 to 3.9 million (after housing costs). 66% of poor children live in working families (up from 64%). London remains UK region with highest rate of child poverty (37%).

Time to 'stick or twist' on wage subsidy

04 May 2016
It’s undoubtedly good news that Stephen Crabb, the new Work & Pensions Secretary, insists that Universal Credit will be one of his main priorities. The key question, however, is will it be one of the Chancellor’s priorities?

Statement on PIP: CPAG response

23 March 2016
Responding today to Stephen Crabb’s statement on personal independence payments, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “Stephen Crabb is to be congratulated for halting the PIP cuts and saying that there will be no more social security cuts this Parliament...