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Cash in a crisis

12 June 2020
Our new report draws together CPAG’s evidence of the gaps in support that exist for children and families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, research into how local authorities are spending the hardship money they have been allocated by central government and good practice with local welfare assistance scheme

Supporting families during the Covid-19 pandemic

04 June 2020
The government has acted quickly to protect people’s economic livelihoods during the covid-19 pandemic. However, as raised in our previous Covid-19 briefing (March 2020), there is still no additional financial support beyond free school meal vouchers for families with children, despite these households facing significant extra costs.

Still too poor to pay: council tax support in London 2018-19

12 March 2020
In April 2013, the government abolished council tax benefit and replaced it with locally run council tax support schemes, accompanied by a 10 per cent cut in funding for local authorities. Since then, CPAG and Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K) have been monitoring the changes to the 33 different localised council tax support schemes in London and assessing the impact of these schemes – both on low-income Londoners and on local authorities.

Seeking security in an increasingly insecure world

27 November 2019
As part of our Secure Futures for Children and Families project, Ruth Lister, member of the House of Lords and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University, examines income security in our social security system in this paper.

Local welfare provision - responses to the consultation

24 November 2014
In September 2014 the government committed to make a “fresh decision” on funding for local welfare provision for 2015/16, and as part of this agreed to consult publicly on various funding options.

Local Welfare Provision Consultation

19 November 2014
This week CPAG have responded to the government's consultation on funding for local welfare provision in 2015/16.

Policy note on local welfare assistance schemes

16 May 2014
In April 2013 parts of the discretionary social fund were handed over the local government who have been running local welfare assistance schemes (LWAS) from that point on.

Local Authorities and Child Poverty: balancing threats and opportunities

17 July 2013
This report outlines the impact of welfare reforms on local authorities – including the costs to local areas of child poverty - and explores how they and their partner organisations manage the impact of these reforms.

Localisation of the Social Fund: Countdown to change

14 March 2013
From April 2013, the discretionary elements of the Social Fund, Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans, will cease to operate at a national level. Funding to provide a replacement scheme will be devolved to local authority level.

Young people's thoughts on child poverty policy

20 December 2012
Five groups of young people from some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in England have produced their own local area child poverty strategies: Gateshead, Liverpool, Manchester, Tower Hamlets, and Westminster.