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What is welfare reform and how is it affecting families?

20 June 2016
Download our new resource for people who work with low-income families. To help you think about how changes to the benefit system affect the families that you work with and what you can do to help. The information in this booklet is based on findings from CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System.

New blog from our food bank advisors

22 July 2015
Many people who use foodbanks have had their benefits sanctioned. Where's the promised government support?

A view from the foodbank frontline

01 June 2015
Our Welfare Rights Advisor Dan Norris blogs on the benefits problems experienced by foodbank users in Tower Hamlets.

Take action: government needs to listen to the evidence on food banks

08 December 2014
Our research found that many people who use food banks are driven by failures in the benefits system.

Sanctioning hunger?

26 November 2014
If I need to take a day off work, I don’t usually lose one month’s salary as a result. However, if you’re claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)....

New report: Why do people use foodbanks?

19 November 2014
Visiting a food bank should be a last resort; yet new research from CPAG, Oxfam, the Trussell Trust and the Church of England finds that failures in the safety net itself are a key reason why people are turning to food banks. This is the first in-depth study into the personal experiences of recipients of emergency food aid in the UK. While UK-wide policy is pushing up the use of food banks, interviews carried out in Scotland also highlight a role for the Scottish Government and local authorities in preventing income crisis. Read more.

Why do people use foodbanks?

19 November 2014
Visiting a food bank should be a last resort: yet new research from CPAG, Oxfam, the Trussell Trust and the Church of England finds that failures in the safety net itself are forcing people to turn to food banks.

Rights (and wrongs) of sanctions

24 July 2014
At Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), we’ve had longstanding concerns about the use of sanctions, which are basically cuts to benefit payments of up to 100% for up to 3 years, and the obvious knock-on impacts on child poverty. 

CPAG’s response to the publication of the independent review of jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanctions

22 July 2014
Responding to the publication of the independent review of jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) sanctions published today, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome this critical report from the independent reviewer which illustrates how shambolic the current sanctions regime has become...