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Falling Through the Net - briefing 1

18 December 2020
This is the first in a series of bi-monthly briefings, Falling Through the Net, which highlight some of the persistent gaps in support that exist for children and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence of these gaps is drawn from our Early Warning System (EWS) which collects case studies from frontline practitioners working directly with families on the problems they are seeing with the social security system.

2020 Vision event

17 December 2020
Watch a recording of our 2020 Vision event that took place on 15 December.

Poverty in the pandemic: An update on the impact of coronavirus on low-income families and children

14 December 2020
In August, Child Poverty Action Group and the Church of England published a report, Poverty in the Pandemic, which offered a glimpse into the lives of low-income families trying to survive the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This report provides an update on how families with children are managing financially, based on an additional 393 online survey responses received in the period since the last report was published, up to the end of November 2020.

David Webster (University of Glasgow) briefings on benefit sanctions

24 November 2020
Dr David Webster is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Urban Studies) at the University of Glasgow.

Our response to the call for evidence from the Independent Review of Administrative Law Panel

16 November 2020
The Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL) panel recently invited the submission of evidence on how well or effectively judicial review balances the legitimate interest in citizens being able to challenge the lawfulness of executive action with the role of the executive in carrying on the business of government, both locally and centrally. Our response emphasises the important role of judicial review in ensuring good governance and that decisions which affect some of the most vulnerable members of society are made in compliance with basic standards of good administrative decision making.

Mind the gaps - briefing 14

30 October 2020
This is the fourteenth and final in a series of briefings, Mind the Gaps, which highlight some of the gaps in support that exist for children and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence of these gaps is drawn from our Early Warning System (EWS) which collects case studies from frontline practitioners working directly with families on the problems they are seeing with the social security system.

The cost of a child in 2020

29 October 2020
The year 2020 has put unprecedented pressures on families bringing up children. Parents across the world have taken on new challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic in keeping their children healthy and safe as well as properly fed, educated and entertained at a time when they have been required to stay at home, and when many families’ livelihoods have been threatened. Our cost of a child report looks at what items families need to provide a minimum socially acceptable standard of living for their children in 2020.

Fairness in government debt management

20 October 2020
Our response to the Cabinet Office’s call for evidence regarding fairness in government debt management draws on cases from the Early Warning System. It focusses on the debt deductions which are applied in universal credit claims, which are subject to complicated rules and high rates which cause hardship.

Expanding eligibility for free school meals in Wales | Ehangu cymhwystra am brydau ysgol am ddim yng Nghymru

16 October 2020
Our analysis has found that over half of children in Wales who live below the UK poverty line are not entitled to free school meals. | Yn ôl ein dadansoddiad, nid oes gan fwy na hanner y plant yng Nghymru yn byw islaw ffin tlodi’r DU hawl i brydau ysgol am ddim.

Tackling child poverty: a guide for schools

15 October 2020
Prior to COVID-19, there were more than four million children living in poverty in the UK – that’s nine children in a classroom of 30. In London, that number rises to 11. While the full economic impact of the pandemic is yet to be seen, we know that low-income households are bearing the brunt, and for families living in the capital things are likely to get worse before they get better. Even prior to COVID-19, the high cost of rent, childcare and travel made it very difficult for London families on low incomes to cover basic costs. In addition, families with children have been hit the hardest by cuts to the social security system, squeezing family budgets even further. In the face of this, our public services have a crucial role to play in tackling child poverty and ensuring children and families recover from the pandemic.