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CPAG welcomes new government money for local welfare assistance and urges councils to now adapt schemes to widen access

12 June 2020
Following the government’s announcement of a further £63 million for local welfare assistance, CPAG has published a new guide that aims to help councils looking to establish or develop their local welfare assistance schemes to respond to families and residents who have been financially affected by Covid-19.

London low earners hit with two-child limit on council tax support

12 March 2020
Five London boroughs and the City of London are needlessly applying a two-child limit which cuts the amount of help that working families with three or more children can receive with council tax, research by CPAG and Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K) shows.

London’s poorest hit by cuts to council tax support

30 July 2015
 Two years on from the abolition of national council tax benefit, tens of thousands of low-income Londoners are still reeling in the face of local payment demands, a report from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Z2K reveals. Too poor to pay tracks the impact of the second year (2014-15) of localised council tax support schemes which replaced national council tax benefit in April 2013.

CPAG responds to local welfare decision

03 February 2015
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has welcomed the partial restoration of central government funding for Local Welfare Assistance schemes (LWAs) - the successor to the Social Fund – and hopes the funding levels of recent years will be restored in the near future.

CPAG criticises housing payments cut

30 January 2015
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has strongly criticised the government’s decision, announced today, to cut local authorities’ budgets for discretionary housing payments by 24% (from £165m in 2014 -15 to £125m for 2015-16)[fn]Discretionary Financial Assistance Regulations 2001 SI No. 11167 p1599[/fn]

Child Poverty Action Group criticises local welfare decision

18 December 2014
Child Poverty Action Group has criticised the Government’s decision to maintain the cut in funding for local welfare assistance schemes (LWAs), announced today by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Kris Hopkins in the Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement.

CPAG welcomes government decision on local assistance schemes

16 September 2014
Responding today to the government’s decision to reconsider how to fund local welfare assistance schemes in 2015/16, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “We welcome that the government has recognised the importance of local welfare assistance schemes and has committed to undertake a thorough review and consultation before deciding how the schemes will be funded in future...

Council's tax policy ruled unlawful for penalising the poor

30 July 2014
Child Poverty Action Group has won a legal test case for three vulnerable women who were charged a higher rate of council tax because they only recently moved into the area. The High Court struck down Sandwell Council's policy of refusing a council tax reduction to anyone who had not lived in the area for at least two years.

A new poll tax? London's poorest and councils hit hard by Council Tax changes

17 July 2014
London’s poorest families are struggling to pay council tax bills from their limited benefit income following cuts to council tax support, according to new figures published in a joint report by two leading London anti-poverty charities, the Child Poverty Action Group and Z2K.

New research shows councils in London fear housing crisis fuelled by welfare reform

11 June 2014
Cuts to benefits have left families in London struggling and unsure how they will afford to stay living in their area, according to a new CPAG report released today. Based on interviews with councils, advice services and parents as well a review of existing evidence, the report highlights that these key groups share the same fear: a housing crisis uprooting families from their homes and communities, with children’s education facing huge disruption by these forced moves.