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New universal credit regulations - missed opportunity for reducing risk to claimants

05 November 2018
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes some of the changes to draft regulations governing the migration of people on existing benefits to universal credit but warns that the DWP has passed up an opportunity to reduce the risk that claimants will be left with no money if their existing benefits are stopped before their universal credit claim is up and running.

Budget 2018: universal credit moves welcome but root and branch change must come

29 October 2018
Child Poverty Action Group warmly welcomes the Chancellor’s decision to increase the work allowances in universal credit by £1,000 but warns that a root and branch review of the design of universal credit is still needed, before the benefit is near fit for purpose.

Widowed Parent’s Allowance: court rules in favour of bereaved mother who was not married to her children’s father

30 August 2018
Landmark Supreme Court judgement that denying bereavement benefits to unmarried, cohabiting partners with children is incompatible with human rights law

The cost of a child in 2018

20 August 2018
The overall cost of a child over 18 years (including rent and childcare) is £150, 753 for a couple and £183,335 for a lone parent. But work doesn’t pay low-income families enough to meet a no-frills standard of living, new research from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows.

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.

CPAG legal action leads to full arrears for disabled claimants

18 July 2018
Child Poverty Action Group welcomes the Work and Pensions Secretary’s announcement today that arrears for up to 70,000 disabled people who were underpaid when they were moved from incapacity benefit (IB) to employment and support allowance (ESA) will be backdated to the date that they moved to ESA.

Act now on Holyrood education and poverty report, campaigners urge

12 July 2018
Responding today (12/7/18) to the publication of a hard hitting report from MSPs on reducing the attainment gap, John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said: “This report makes quite clear that children growing up in families struggling on low incomes face real cost barriers that too often prevent them from getting the most out of what Scotland’s schools have to offer. The cost of school trips, classroom materials, school clothing and school meals all put pressure on hard pressed families and exclude children from learning opportunities.

71,000 families hit by the two-child limit policy in its first year

28 June 2018
DWP statistics published today show  71,000 families have lost entitlement to child allowances in tax credits or universal credit in the first year of the ‘two-child  policy’.  

Response to NAO report on Universal Credit

15 June 2018
Commenting on today's National Audit Office report on Universal Credit, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: "It was sobering enough to learn from the DWP's own survey last week that four in ten people claiming universal credit have financial problems many months into their claim..."