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Poverty gaps and material deprivation

06 December 2016
This briefing describes how poverty gaps – the distance below the poverty line that the typical family living in poverty finds themselves – have changed since the start of the financial crisis. It shows that, even as the poverty rate has remained broadly stable, the poor have got poorer, and the experience of poverty has become harsher.

Ministry of Justice consultation on transforming courts and tribunals

08 November 2016
CPAG has responded to a Ministry of Justice consultation on changes to social security appeal tribunals. We have serious reservations about the proposal to move the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal entirely online.

Cost of a child 2016

21 September 2016
How much does it cost to raise a child in 2016? This annual research from CPAG and Professor Donald Hirsch, Director of the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University, finds that parents working on the new higher minimum wage still cannot earn enough to provide an acceptable minimum standard of living for their children.

Unfinished business: where next for extended schools?

19 September 2016
CPAG and the Family and Childcare Trust map the current provision of extended schools in the UK and compare it with parental demand for services.

Briefing on universal credit work allowance cuts

09 May 2016
This briefing describes how the cuts to universal credit work allowances reduce the gains from work, making it harder – not easier – for working parents to derive more of their income from earnings, in much the same way as the now abandoned tax credit cuts would have.

Inquiry into the future of Jobcentre Plus

22 April 2016
CPAG's response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry in the future of Jobcentre Plus focuses on the role of Jobcentres in supporting claimants into work. 

Life chances indicators - CPAG submission

18 April 2016
The government intends to replace the current statutory child poverty measures with new measures of ‘life chances’. Four statutory measures have been put forward: children in workless households, children in long-term workless households, and educational attainment at Key Stage 4 (GCSE) for all children and for disadvantaged children.

Response to the Social Security Advisory Committee consultation on decision making and mandatory reconsideration

16 March 2016
In our response, we highlight the lack of official statistics on the outcomes of mandatory reconsideration requests by claimants and present evidence of problems with the way the system is operated taken from CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System and our work in London food banks.

Submission on foundation years and life chances

02 March 2016
In this submission on foundation years and the government's life chances strategy, we identify key characteristics of an early years service which would deliver on improving the life chances of disadvantaged children, and consider where current provision succeeds and where new approaches may be needed.

Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into intergenerational fairness

29 February 2016
The post-crash period has been one in which children have been poorly protected, bearing the brunt of austerity measures, with the result that child poverty is increasing, and is set to do so into the future.