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Early warning system: top issues update April 2019

01 May 2019
CPAG's early warning system takes the temperature of how changes to benefits are affecting families by highlighting the most problematic issues which advisers around the country are seeing. The latest update reveals ongoing problems with people being wrongly directed to universal credit and people moving to universal credit and becoming significantly worse off, as well as a number of problems with specific elements of universal credit: housing costs, real time information, access to appeal rights, and failure to adequately meet support needs.

The Cost of a Child in 2018

20 August 2018
Our latest Cost of a Child report shows what it costs to raise a child to age 18, based on what the public thinks is a minimum standard of living. The overall cost of a child (including rent and childcare) is £150,753 for a couple and £183,335 for a lone parent.

Rough justice: problems with monthly assessment of pay and circumstances in universal credit, and what can be done about them

06 August 2018
This report identifies a range of problems arising from the rigid system of monthly assessment of both income and circumstances in universal credit, based on cases from CPAG’s Early Warning System, and proposes practical solutions.

The top universal credit issues

10 July 2018
This report brings together cases from our early warning system, analysing the most common universal credit problems we're seeing. The top issues include administrative errors, problems with housing costs and difficulties making a claim. 

Unhappy Birthday! The two-child limit at one year old

06 April 2018
Alongside the Church of England we have produced a report looking at the two-child limit policy one year after its introduction. 

The Austerity Generation: the impact of a decade of cuts on family incomes and child poverty

03 November 2017
Our new research, conducted with the Institute for Public Policy Research, models the impact of cuts to social security over the decade.

Reforms to Universal Credit

08 July 2015
The TUC and CPAG co-author this report on how reforms to Universal Credit could reduce child poverty. The research compares 13 reforms, grouped into: raising the income tax threshold; reducing the taper rate; increasing work allowances; and increasing the child element. It finds that the tax threshold proposal cost by far the most, yet came bottom of the list for its child poverty reducing potential.

Programme for government, 2015-2020

07 April 2015
The 2015 government faces a child poverty crisis: by 2020, there are predicted to be 700,000 more children in poverty than there were in 2010. Our programme for government sets out six steps the government can take to face up to this crisis.

The Cost of a Child in 2013

14 August 2013
This report shows parents struggled more than ever to provide a decent standard of living for their families in 2013. This is the second in a series of annual reports on the cost of bringing up a child in the UK. 

Will Universal Credit Work?

28 May 2013
This report, published by the TUC and CPAG, finds that universal credit risks failing even on its own terms unless adjustments to its design are made and broader policies to tackle the causes of poverty are put in place.