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Official figures: number of families affected by two-child limit reaches 318,000

15 July 2021
Official figures out today show the number of families affected by the two-child limit in universal credit and tax credits jumped by 67,000 in the year to April 2021 to reach 318,000. 1.1 million children are now affected by the policy, up from 900,000 in April 2020.

Statement on Supreme Court decision on two-child limit

09 July 2021
Commenting on today’s Supreme Court decision not to allow an appeal on the two-child limit brought by two lone mothers and their children, Carla Clarke, Head of Strategic Litigation at Child Poverty Action Group, which represented the mothers and children, said: "This is a hugely disappointing judgment which fails to give any meaningful recognition to the reality of the policy on the ground and its desperately unfair impact on children."

Refugee wins legal challenge to HMRC's refusal to accept backdated child tax credit claim for period since asylum claim

06 July 2021
High Court rules claimant not barred from making a claim for backdated child tax credits following the success of his asylum claim.

CPAG response to Tackling Child Poverty Progress Report

23 June 2021
Child poverty progress report “stark and urgent reminder that far, far more action and investment is needed to meet Scotland’s child poverty targets” say campaigners

CPAG response to Scottish Affairs Committee's welfare report

23 June 2021
​​​​​​​Child poverty campaigners welcome Westminster welfare report. Action to maintain universal credit uplift and ensure roll out of new Scottish child payment critical to progress on child poverty, say Child Poverty Action Group

Jump in ‘Covid job casualties’ hit by benefit cap – families lose £62 per week

22 June 2021
DWP figures out today show the number of households subject to the benefit cap has jumped by 13% since November to reach 200,000 at February 2021. The newly capped households are likely capped because they have lost jobs or working hours to Covid-19 and their wages have dropped below the earnings exemption threshold. But with the impact of the pandemic still being felt, few will be able to find replacement earnings to become ‘uncapped’. Average losses are £62 per week for capped families.

The Cost of a Child in London: help with childcare fees ‘woefully inadequate’

10 June 2021
High childcare costs and failure to uprate support are putting full-time jobs beyond the reach of low-earning London parents who don’t have anyone to provide free childcare, a new report warns.  And a growing number of even part-time jobs won’t make work pay for hard-up Londoners with young children if caps on childcare support in Universal Credit remain frozen while childcare costs continue to rise. 

One in four North East pupils living in poverty miss out on Free School Meals

12 May 2021
More than 35,000 pupils in the North East of England who live below the poverty line do not qualify for free school meals under current legislation. A new report, The Cost of Missing Lunchtime, by Children North East, Child Poverty Action Group and the North East Child Poverty Commission reveals one in four children from poorer families in the region are not entitled to a free, nutritious daily meal at school.

'State of the nation' report to put ending child poverty at the heart of remaining Holyrood campaign

23 April 2021
'State of the nation' report to put ending poverty at the heart of remaining Holyrood campaign Politicians to respond to new 'Poverty in Scotland 2021' report in front of over 300 policy makers, service providers, academics, trade unionists and activists Child poverty targets can be met say experts, but over one million people still in poverty across Scotland

Campaigners welcome growing support for doubling of Scottish child payment

29 March 2021
Child poverty campaigners today welcomed growing support across the political spectrum for the next Parliament to at least double the value of the Scottish child payment. The policy call has been at the centre of campaigns by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland and a broad coalition of children’s charities and anti-poverty campaigners