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Childcare costs in universal credit

21 December 2018
Using cases from our Early Warning System, this submission to the Work and Pensions Select Committee highlights issues parents face in claiming childcare costs through universal credit.

Early Warning System e-bulletin - November 2018

A summary of the main issues that come through to the Early Warning System, and what we’re doing about them.

Early Warning System e-bulletin - September 2018

A call for case examples of errors in the administration of housing costs contribution in universal credit.

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Early Warning System, which gathers evidence about the impacts of welfare reform on children and their families.

Early Warning System e-bulletin - August 2018

August 2018
How you can get involved, what the EWS is telling us, what we have been doing with your case studies, next steps for the Early Warning System

Too simple: the failure of universal credit assessment periods

08 August 2018
In the ‘simple’ world of universal credit, monthly assessment periods are the supposedly ‘neat’ way of judging what financial support families should get based on their earnings and circumstances.

Rough justice: problems with monthly assessment of pay and circumstances in universal credit, and what can be done about them

06 August 2018
This report identifies a range of problems arising from the rigid system of monthly assessment of both income and circumstances in universal credit, based on cases from CPAG’s Early Warning System, and proposes practical solutions.

Early Warning System e-bulletin - July 2018

This week we launched a report on the top eight universal credit issues from our Early Warning System. This report brings together cases that have been sent in by advisers, and analyses the most common problems we're seeing with the new benefit.

It’s time to start listening: what the Department for Work and Pensions needs to learn about universal credit

12 July 2018
In the Commons last week, Work and Pensions ministers responded to concerns about universal credit by offering to look at individual constituency cases MPs were raising, where things might not be going quite right.