Today, children are already twice as likely to be poor as pensioners. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, child poverty is set to soar to 5.1 million children by 2022 – a 42 per cent rise over ten years.
The school holidays can be a challenging time for many parents, particularly those on low incomes. They can lead to increased pressures on parents’ time and financial resources – including the need to find the money for extra food for their children.
This briefing presents some of the analysis to be published in a forthcoming report assessing the impacts of cuts to benefits from 2010 to 2020. This briefing focuses on changes to universal credit since it was first legislated in 2012 and their effects on family incomes, work incentives and poverty rates. It also includes the effect of real-terms cuts to child benefit which took place during the same period.
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.
This briefing explains the impact of the government's plans to cut tax credits on working families and child poverty. CPAG is opposed to cuts to tax credits because they will damage work incentives and increase child poverty.
In this briefing on the Childcare Bill CPAG welcomes the government’s commitment to extend free childcare for three and four year olds to 30 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year but also raises a number of concerns about how this could play out for families on low incomes.
The cost of childcare is a key constraint that many low-income parents face when trying to work more. Here’s CPAG offers its analysis and recommendations to government on proposals for new childcare support under universal credit.