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New universal credit rules could force disabled youngsters out of education

08 December 2021
New universal credit (UC) rules could force non-dependent disabled youngsters out of education because they will be left without enough money to live on if they need means-tested support, CPAG warns.

DWP ending universal credit claims and demanding whole-award repayments

13 November 2021
People who claimed universal credit at the start of the pandemic when face-to-face identity checks were suspended have had their claims stopped and demands for the repayment of their entire award, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) reports.

CPAG's response to 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...

Benefit cap exception in universal credit: Court of Appeal judgement

08 October 2021
Court of Appeal has today overturned a High Court decision that the DWP's approach to the disapplication of the benefit cap in universal credit (UC) on the basis of earnings received in a monthly assessment period is irrational and unlawful. High Court case was brought by a working single mother on UC who was benefit-capped – and left up to £5,000 worse off per year – purely because her employer paid her four-weekly rather than by calendar month.

Response to announcement of a Household Support Grant

30 September 2021
Responding to today’s Government announcement of a Household Support Grant, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: "Ministers are right to worry about low-income families, but now isn’t the time for stop-gap measures. Grants offer no stability to millions of struggling households, and will leave far too many out of pocket when the £20 universal credit cut hits. Investment in local support is necessary and welcome – but unless government drops the £20 cut, families will still face a living standards crisis this winter and beyond."

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.

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.

200,000 more children pushed into poverty the year before the pandemic - ‘dismal data’ warning

25 March 2021
The publication of today’s annual poverty statistics for the year leading up to the pandemic (Households Below Average Income 2019- 2020) shows: 200,000 more children fell into relative poverty (after housing costs) in 2019-2020 – twice the increase in the previous year. That means 4.3 million children (31% of all UK children) are in poverty - up from 3.6 million in 2010-11.