08 October 2021
Court of Appeal has today overturned a High Court decision that the DWP's approach to the disapplication of the benefit cap in universal credit (UC) on the basis of earnings received in a monthly assessment period is irrational and unlawful. High Court case was brought by a working single mother on UC who was benefit-capped – and left up to £5,000 worse off per year – purely because her employer paid her four-weekly rather than by calendar month.
06 October 2021
In a short new report, 'After the universal credit cut – what now?', published as part of Challenge Poverty Week, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland says too many families don’t claim council tax reduction or other benefits that they have a right to, including additional support for disabilities or long term illness. With a £1040 a year cut to their universal credit now a harsh reality they say it is vital these families are supported to get the benefits they are still entitled to.
30 September 2021
Responding to today’s Government announcement of a Household Support Grant, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: "Ministers are right to worry about low-income families, but now isn’t the time for stop-gap measures. Grants offer no stability to millions of struggling households, and will leave far too many out of pocket when the £20 universal credit cut hits. Investment in local support is necessary and welcome – but unless government drops the £20 cut, families will still face a living standards crisis this winter and beyond."
15 July 2021
Official figures out today show the number of families affected by the two-child limit in universal credit and tax credits jumped by 67,000 in the year to April 2021 to reach 318,000. 1.1 million children are now affected by the policy, up from 900,000 in April 2020.
09 July 2021
Commenting on today’s Supreme Court decision not to allow an appeal on the two-child limit brought by two lone mothers and their children, Carla Clarke, Head of Strategic Litigation at Child Poverty Action Group, which represented the mothers and children, said: "This is a hugely disappointing judgment which fails to give any meaningful recognition to the reality of the policy on the ground and its desperately unfair impact on children."
06 July 2021
High Court rules claimant not barred from making a claim for backdated child tax credits following the success of his asylum claim.
23 June 2021
Child poverty progress report “stark and urgent reminder that far, far more action and investment is needed to meet Scotland’s child poverty targets” say campaigners
23 June 2021
Child poverty campaigners welcome Westminster welfare report. Action to maintain universal credit uplift and ensure roll out of new Scottish child payment critical to progress on child poverty, say Child Poverty Action Group
22 June 2021
DWP figures out today show the number of households subject to the benefit cap has jumped by 13% since November to reach 200,000 at February 2021. The newly capped households are likely capped because they have lost jobs or working hours to Covid-19 and their wages have dropped below the earnings exemption threshold. But with the impact of the pandemic still being felt, few will be able to find replacement earnings to become ‘uncapped’. Average losses are £62 per week for capped families.
10 June 2021
High childcare costs and failure to uprate support are putting full-time jobs beyond the reach of low-earning London parents who don’t have anyone to provide free childcare, a new report warns. And a growing number of even part-time jobs won’t make work pay for hard-up Londoners with young children if caps on childcare support in Universal Credit remain frozen while childcare costs continue to rise.