CPAG has responded to the government's consultation on setting an earnings threshold for eligibility to free school meals in universal credit. We believe that all children in families eligible for universal credit should continue to receive free school meals, as per the current legal situation.
Read our briefing for Peers in advance of two debates in the House of Lords on Thursday, 16th November: Debate: Impact of Universal Credit on claimants; Short debate: Inflation impact on families affected by benefit freeze
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.
CPAG has responded to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into the Benefit Cap, drawing in large part on evidence from our Early Warning System on the impact of the cap on families with children.
New cuts limiting universal credit to the first two children in a family – starting Thursday April 6th - will push another 200,000 children below the official poverty line, new analysis by CPAG and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows.
The Work and Pensions Select Committee was so concerned about evidence heard during its inquiry into progress with the implementation of universal credit, that it has re-opened its inquiry to gather more evidence.
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.