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What’s in a frame? The poverty sector’s search for convincing messages

27 April 2016
At a recent event, I listened to a US campaigner describe how they fought and won the long battle for equal marriage. It turned out that talking about legal rights didn’t tug the public’s heart strings in the right direction.

Fancy working a 14 month year? The real impact of UC work allowance cuts

21 April 2016
Anyone following the story of Universal Credit’s painfully delayed roll-out will already be familiar with its time-bending qualities, but this month’s cuts to its work allowances mean that many hard-pressed parents now need to work a thirteen- or fourteen-month year just to protect current income levels. 

Tribunal ruling on DLA entitlement for disabled refugee children

19 April 2016
CPAG welcomes the Upper Tribunal decision on disabled refugee children who up to now, have not been entitled to disability living allowance (DLA) until they have spent over two years in the UK.

Win £50 to spend on CPAG's books and training

18 April 2016
This week, we're delighted to launch our latest Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook (2016/17). Known as the 'advisers' bible', it contains everything you needs to know about benefits and tax credits in the UK. It's quite simply indispensable for getting the best outcomes for clients.

The big warning in Unicef’s report on child wellbeing

18 April 2016
Unicef’s analysis of child wellbeing across the developed world, released today, is emphatic that increasing family incomes is a critical tool to boost children’s educational success, health and happiness. In saying this, it is issuing a pretty clear warning to the United Kingdom government that poverty-producing policies will deprive children of happy, healthy and secure childhoods.

How many children will Universal Credit lift out of poverty?

22 March 2016
Just days after Iain Duncan Smith resigned as Work & Pensions Secretary, citing his unease with the Summer Budget’s cuts to Universal Credit, today the Government has published a written answer in which it refuses to update its own assessment of how many children, if any, will be lifted out of poverty by the flagship policy following these cuts.

A win is a win – our campaign on child poverty measures

09 March 2016
When the Welfare Reform and Work Bill was published back at the end of last summer, it drew a cacophony of groans from people working with children and families.  They knew that when,  in 2013,  the coalition government first consulted on scrapping income-based measures of child poverty and moving towards a life chances approach, 98% of the consultation responses disagreed vehemently with the idea.