Making a difference together: five key lessons from Covid Realities

24 January 2022
The cost of living crunch is rightly attracting lots of attention, with millions fearful of how they’ll get by as costs rise yet further. There is an urgent need to provide families with more support through our social security system: a system that has become unfit for purpose following cut after cut, with successive governments seemingly unwilling to recognise that social security is an investment in us all.

2021 at CPAG

07 January 2022
This video features highlights from our work in 2021.

Extra time to tackle child poverty in Welsh schools

15 December 2021
Last week, the Welsh education minister Jeremy Miles announced a £2 million programme to trial new approaches to the timing of the school day. In the two-year pilot, participating schools will provide learners with the opportunity to take part in music, art, sports, and other activities after core school hours, to build rich social and cultural knowledge. As well as supporting individual children’s health and wellbeing, the policy could also be a powerful way of addressing child poverty in the round.

The rising cost of a child

14 December 2021
With inflation once more in the news and Christmas around the corner, many parents are understandably concerned about covering family costs. Our latest findings show that the cost of bringing up a child has risen to at least £160,000, with increases in items such as childcare, food and domestic fuel pushing it ever higher.

Documenting life on a low income this winter

10 December 2021
Between July 2020 and July 2021, we worked together to document life on a low income during the Covid-19 pandemic. Through the Covid Realities research programme, over 100 parents and carers kept online diaries about what everyday life was like, and took part in online discussion groups to explore what needs to change and why. As a participant (Kim) and a researcher (Ruth) working together on this project, we wanted so share our reflections.

£20 cut leaves black hole in families’ finances

09 December 2021
Just over a month ago, the government went ahead with the decision to cut millions of parents’ universal credit by £20 a week. There was a loud public outcry against this devastating cut, which we warned would pull 300,000 more children into poverty. Evidence is now emerging about how it is affecting families who were already struggling to keep their heads above water.

Making festive fun more inclusive

02 December 2021
For many children, the run-up to the Christmas holidays is packed with excitement, twinkling lights and glitter. However, this fun and festivity also means additional school-related expenses for families. Our blog explores how these cost pressures can affect families and children, and how schools can shift towards a more inclusive festive season.

Let’s not stop at school uniform

20 November 2021
The release of the new statutory guidance for schools in England on uniform on Friday was welcome news, but let's not stop there.

Budget 2021: Reinstating the £20 to universal credit

26 October 2021
Tomorrow, the chancellor will give his budget speech. Some of the key announcements have already been revealed. We know for example that the minimum wage will increase to £9.50 an hour for those aged 23 and over. While this is a welcome change, it fails to compensate for the £20 a week cut to universal credit which has hit both working families and those who cannot work.

Swings and roundabouts? Does the increase in the minimum wage make up for the universal credit cut?

26 October 2021
The government talks about increasing the minimum wage to ensure work pays. It also positions the increase to £9.50 an hour from April as making up for the cut to universal credit (UC). But to what extent will the increase help families reeling from the cut?