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Still too poor to pay: council tax support in London 2018-19

12 March 2020
In April 2013, the government abolished council tax benefit and replaced it with locally run council tax support schemes, accompanied by a 10 per cent cut in funding for local authorities. Since then, CPAG and Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K) have been monitoring the changes to the 33 different localised council tax support schemes in London and assessing the impact of these schemes – both on low-income Londoners and on local authorities.

Briefing for MPs for second reading of Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill

06 March 2020
On Friday 13 March, the Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill will have its second reading. We are encouraging MPs to attend the second reading of this Bill. This briefing provides information about the costs of school uniforms and how these costs can impact families.

Briefing for Lords debate on social security uprating

05 March 2020
It is of course welcome that after a four-year freeze, most working-age benefits are now to be uprated in line with inflation through this uprating order. However, this step does nothing to reverse any of the cuts to benefits in recent years: it will only keep benefits at the same real-terms value they have this year, and ‘lock in’ the current shortfall. It does nothing to compensate for the losses caused to families by years of failure to uprate benefits adequately while prices for food, bills and clothing have continued to rise. If we are to restore families’ living standards and start addressing rising poverty, benefits will need to rise by more than inflation to compensate for what has been lost.

Response to Scottish Government consultation on Housing to 2040

28 February 2020
Our response to the Scottish Government's consultation on Housing to 2040 highlights the role housing can play in tackling child poverty and the interaction between social security and people's ability to pay their housing costs.

Stage one 2020 budget briefing

27 February 2020
Our briefing to MSPs prior to the stage one debate on the Scottish Government's 2020-21 budget.

Dragged deeper: How families are falling further and further below the poverty line

13 February 2020
Lots of attention is given to the number of children in poverty but as a society we do not only care about the rate of poverty but also the depth of poverty. If everyone in poverty is very close to the poverty line we should perhaps worry less than when millions of people are substantially below the poverty line. A good way to measure the depth of poverty is the median poverty gap, which indicates how far below the poverty line the average family in poverty is.

Tax and secure futures

11 February 2020
The tax system does not raise enough money. But if the tax system is to support an effective social security system, reforms must go further than raising more money. The tax system should support the three principles that CPAG has recommended for an effective social security system.

Response to draft DACYP regulations

06 February 2020
CPAG in Scotland's submission to the Scottish Commission on Social Security's consultation on draft regulation for Disability Assistance for Children and Young People (DACYP).

Early Warning System report on universal credit February 2020

04 February 2020
This briefing provides an overview of Early Warning System evidence in relation to universal credit gathered between October and December 2019