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Tony Lynes – my memories of a special man

20 October 2014
I first met Tony in about 1966 or 1967 when he came to talk to a group of students at Goldsmiths’ College in London about Poverty in Britain and the CPAG shortly after the inception of CPAG. On completing my degree I went to teach in Oxford and came to know Tony when I joined the Oxford branch of the Child Poverty Action Group.

Remembering Tony Lynes

20 October 2014
It started in 1965 with a meeting at Toynbee Hall to discuss the early results of what became Brian Abel-Smith and Peter Townsend’s The Poor and the Poorest – the book that ‘rediscovered poverty’. Tony then drafted the first memorandum, which was sent to Douglas Houghton, the social services overlord in the Labour cabinet.

Arrival of the Benefits for Migrants Handbook

09 October 2014
This week sees the publication of CPAG’s Benefits for Migrants Handbook which, many readers will agree, arrives not a moment too soon. 2014 has been a year of yet more restrictions on the benefit entitlements of people who have come to the UK. Finding accurate information about these changes and their consequences can be tricky.

The future of Local Welfare Assistance Schemes

18 September 2014
This week, the government committed to making a fresh decision on how Local Welfare Assistance Schemes (LWAS) (also called Local Welfare Provision) will be funded in 2015/16. Their decision will be informed by a thorough examination of how schemes are functioning, and the needs of those that benefit from them - great news for the vulnerable people that rely on them in times of need.

The independence referendum: what does it mean for child poverty?

15 September 2014
With just a few days to go before the Scottish independence referendum John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland, highlights how CPAG has informed the terms of debate and argues that the challenge now for anti-poverty campaigners is to ensure that heightened public engagement and concern with child poverty in campaign debates is harnessed for real change, wherever powers end up lying after September 18th.

Fair for who? Child maintenance and family tests

18 August 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he wants to see all domestic government policies subjected to a ‘family test’ in future, apparently to ensure that families aren’t undermined or made worse off financially.  But does the ‘family test’ itself pass the test?

‘Having kids shouldn’t be a luxury’ - Mumsnet response to cost of a child research

14 August 2014
New research has revealed that families on minimum wage are 18% short of the amount needed for a basic standard of living. Here, MN blogger Catherine Mann argues that parenting must not become the preserve of the rich.

The dark side of localism: when boroughs want to keep "council tax tourists" out

14 August 2014
In the 1949 Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico, residents of the London borough set themselves up as a separate state with predictably comic results. When Pimlico’s governing committee lifts post-war rationing, shoppers flood to the new dominion only to find themselves trapped when its borders are later closed.