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New benefit cap stats out today

22 March 2022
Families subject to the benefit cap will see the real value of their benefits fall by a monumental £1,840 per year in London and £1,600 outside the capital from April when inflation is expected to reach 8%, our new analysis shows.

UC families face £660 income cut as Bank of England increases inflation expectations

21 March 2022
In a letter to the chancellor last week, the Bank of England stated that it expected inflation to be “around 8 per cent” this spring. With UC set to rise by just 3.1% in April, families with children on universal credit now face a real-terms cut of around £660 per year, on average.

Second benefits cut is unthinkable - organisations call for minimum 7% benefits rise

17 March 2022
Benefits must keep pace with the rising cost of living. Child Poverty Action Group joins forces with over 50 organisations to call for benefits to be increased by at least 7 per cent in April to match inflation.

UC families face £570 income cut as costs surge

15 February 2022
DWP figures out today show 3.6 million children were in families on universal credit (UC) in November. Because UC is set to rise by only 3.1% this April when inflation is expected to peak at 7.25%, most of these families face a real-terms cut of around £570 per year in social security support, just as supermarket prices and energy costs surge, new analysis from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows.

Organisations call for 6% increase to benefits

03 February 2022
Thirty-one organisations have come together to call for benefits to be increased by 6 per cent in April in light of the rising cost of living.

CPAG's response to the spending review

27 October 2021
Responding to today’s Spending Review, Sara Ogilvie, policy director at Child Poverty Action Group said the lower universal credit taper rate is “good news”, but added: "The long-overdue decision to lower the UC taper rate will help lots of low earners. But there was nothing for those who cannot work – carers, those with young children and people who are sick or disabled - who face the same cost pressures as other households and will still have a black hole in their finances after the universal credit cut...

The Cost of a Child in 2019

04 September 2019
The latest report in our annual Cost of a Child series finds that the overall cost of a child up to age 18 (including rent and childcare) is £185,000 for lone parents (up 19% since 2012) and £151,000 for couples (up 5.5% since 2012). The gap between lone parents’ actual income and what they need to meet family needs has grown sharply.

Living Hand to Mouth now free to access

03 September 2019
Thanks to funding from UCL Innovation and Enterprise’s Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Fund, supported by HEIF, Living Hand to Mouth is now available to download and read for free. 

Cost of a Child in 2018 released

20 August 2018
CPAG's latest Cost of a Child report shows what it costs to raise a child to age 18, based on what the public thinks is a minimum standard of living. The overall cost of a child (including rent and childcare) is £150,753 for a couple and £183,335 for a lone parent.

The Austerity Generation: promise of greater rewards from work broken under Universal Credit as families with children hardest hit by cuts

06 November 2017
The promise of greater rewards from work made to working families has been broken as a result of cuts to Universal Credit and tax credits, with losses reaching thousands of pounds in many cases, new analysis by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows.