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Universal credit assessment system is leaving claimants out of pocket

06 August 2018
Working people claiming universal credit are having their benefits capped when they shouldn’t be, and losing the effects of ‘work allowances’ worth up to £258 per month simply because of the dates on which their paydays and universal credit 'assessment periods' happen to fall, new evidence from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows.

Inflation and benefit freeze dragging working parents further away from being able to meet basic family costs

21 August 2017
Parents working full time on the ‘national living wage’ (NLW) are significantly short of the income needed to give children an acceptable minimum living standard – as defined by the public – and the shortfall will grow as inflation combines with the current freeze on benefits to put family budgets under new strain.

Response to announcement of the 2016-17 London Living Wage rate

31 October 2016
Responding today to the announcement of the 2016-17 London Living Wage rate, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “A London Living Wage rate for 2016-17 of £9.75 is a beacon of good news on a pretty grim horizon for the capital's families...

Parents on minimum wage cannot meet basic family costs

22 September 2016
Parents working on the ‘national living wage’ still can’t earn enough to provide an acceptable minimum living standard for their children despite flat (and now falling) inflation and a drop in core household costs like food and energy – even if they both work full-time, warns a new report.

UK child poverty rises - 66% poor children now in working families

28 June 2016
In 2014-15, UK child poverty increased by 200,000 to 3.9 million (after housing costs). 66% of poor children live in working families (up from 64%). London remains UK region with highest rate of child poverty (37%).

CPAG reaction to Prime Minister’s speech on life chances and parenting

11 January 2016
Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech on life chances and parenting today, Chief Executive of Child  Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “Of course parenting is difficult - and the most important job there is - but it is a whole lot harder to give your children good chances in life if you’re on poverty pay and clobbered by sky-high housing and childcare costs...

Autumn statement: tax credits u-turn is a stay of execution

25 November 2015
Responding to the Autumn Statement today, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “The Chancellor’s half-solved the problem he created in the Summer Budget of how we help the low paid. His decision to drop the latest tax credit cuts is very welcome and will be a huge relief to hard-up working families but, as the Treasury’s own costings reveal, the significant cuts to universal credit mean that in reality this is only a stay of execution...

London working parents face 'toxic' costs package

01 September 2015
Mothers in couples in London are significantly less likely to be working than their counterparts elsewhere, new research from Child Poverty Action Group finds. Employment among London’s couple-mums lags some 12 percentage points behind the rest of the UK according to the report, Hard Work.

Parents struggling to meet no-frills family costs as crisis in family finances looms

12 August 2015
Parents working on the minimum wage are on the brink of a new crisis in family finances that will leave many stranded when it comes to meeting no-frills family costs, warns a new report produced by Loughborough University’s Donald Hirsch for Child Poverty Action Group.

Budget U-turn on tax credits and working families

08 July 2015
Responding to today’s budget Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “The welcome move on a higher minimum wage cannot disguise the truth that this is a budget that damages the economic security of working families, and takes us further down the road to being a two-nation economy, with higher child poverty for millions and lower taxes for the better off...