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Why the new figures on child poverty need to be heard across the country

13 June 2016
We need your help. In two weeks’ time, the government will publish statistics for 2014/15 (the most up to date available) on how many children are growing up in poverty. We need to make sure as many people hear about this as possible.

Advising foodbank clients - one year on

16 May 2016
We started providing welfare rights advice to clients of the Tower Hamlets Foodbank as part of First Love Foundation’s Advice & Support project almost three years ago, thanks to help from the Pears Foundation. It’s now been a year since the project was scaled up with support from the Big Lottery Fund and I joined the team. 

Time to 'stick or twist' on wage subsidy

04 May 2016
It’s undoubtedly good news that Stephen Crabb, the new Work & Pensions Secretary, insists that Universal Credit will be one of his main priorities. The key question, however, is will it be one of the Chancellor’s priorities?

What’s in a frame? The poverty sector’s search for convincing messages

27 April 2016
At a recent event, I listened to a US campaigner describe how they fought and won the long battle for equal marriage. It turned out that talking about legal rights didn’t tug the public’s heart strings in the right direction.

Food security - a Scotland beyond food banks?

26 April 2016

Fancy working a 14 month year? The real impact of UC work allowance cuts

21 April 2016
Anyone following the story of Universal Credit’s painfully delayed roll-out will already be familiar with its time-bending qualities, but this month’s cuts to its work allowances mean that many hard-pressed parents now need to work a thirteen- or fourteen-month year just to protect current income levels. 

Tribunal ruling on DLA entitlement for disabled refugee children

19 April 2016
CPAG welcomes the Upper Tribunal decision on disabled refugee children who up to now, have not been entitled to disability living allowance (DLA) until they have spent over two years in the UK.

Win £50 to spend on CPAG's books and training

18 April 2016
This week, we're delighted to launch our latest Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook (2016/17). Known as the 'advisers' bible', it contains everything you needs to know about benefits and tax credits in the UK. It's quite simply indispensable for getting the best outcomes for clients.

Reasons to be cheerful: One to six

18 April 2016

The big warning in Unicef’s report on child wellbeing

18 April 2016
Unicef’s analysis of child wellbeing across the developed world, released today, is emphatic that increasing family incomes is a critical tool to boost children’s educational success, health and happiness. In saying this, it is issuing a pretty clear warning to the United Kingdom government that poverty-producing policies will deprive children of happy, healthy and secure childhoods.