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A child-centred reform of children's social security

18 December 2019
As part of our Secure Futures for Children and Families project, Megan A. Curran, PhD, postdoctoral research scientist at the Center on Poverty and Social Policy, Columbia University, examines how the social security system could be reformed to put children at the centre in this paper.

Social security – where have we been and where are we going?

10 October 2019
As our Secure Futures for Children and Families gets underway, our CEO Alison Garnham looks back and the history of the social security system, what has gone wrong and what the future could look like. 

Childcare costs in universal credit

21 December 2018
Using cases from our Early Warning System, this submission to the Work and Pensions Select Committee highlights issues parents face in claiming childcare costs through universal credit.

Election 2017 manifesto

04 May 2017
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 All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger inquiry on hunger amongst children during the school holidays

17 March 2017
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.

Broken promises: What has happened to support for low-income working families under universal credit

01 March 2017
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.

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.

Lords' briefing on tax credit statutory instrument

26 October 2015
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.

Briefing on the impact of childcare costs on child poverty

25 June 2015
This research published by Gingerbread and Child Poverty Action Group found that 130,000 UK children are pushed into poverty as working parents struggle to pay rising childcare costs.

Briefing on the Childcare Bill

18 June 2015
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.