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Digital exclusion during the pandemic

13 January 2021
To solve the immediate issues surrounding digital exclusion, CPAG and Children North East urge the government to rapidly speed up the distribution timetable of the 440,000 purchased devices that are currently available to schools and ensure that every child across England has access to a device for learning and other essential items.

Using COVID-19 funding to tackle child poverty: Guidance for local councils in England

11 January 2021
This guidance aims to support local authorities to consider how any additional funding received to support households struggling during the crisis can best help tackle child poverty, and to spark ideas or stimulate interest in developing new approaches in your local authority area. This may include how to spend unallocated money from the COVID Winter Grant Scheme, but also how support to families is being provided, or could be provided by your local council, outside the remit of this grant. 

Capped in the New Year

22 December 2020
The benefit cap grace period gives claimants nine months’ exemption from the cap, starting from when their earnings first fall below the threshold, if in the previous 12 months they have earned over £604 in every month. COVID-19 has meant that hundreds of thousands of households’ earnings have fallen below the threshold. Some did not have a strong work history and were capped immediately, and some were able to find enough earnings to move above the cap. However, many households are stuck in limbo, where they are not yet capped due to the grace period, but are unable to find work as jobs are so scarce.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CPAG's submission to the Comprehensive Spending Review

06 October 2020
Our submission to the government's forthcoming spending review focusses on strengthening the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19 by prioritising jobs and skills; levelling up struggling families – helping children maximise their potential; and ensuring every young person receives a superb education.