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Families on the brink

09 June 2014
This report looks at the impact of welfare reform in London where child poverty rates and housing costs are already higher than other parts of the country and finds fears that the capital could become unaffordable for low income families.

What hope has the Court of Appeal left for human rights?

Issue 239 (April 2014)
On 21 February 2014 the Court of Appeal dismissed human rights challenges to the benefit cap and the bedroom tax. Mike Spencer considers the implications for human rights arguments in social security cases.

Court of Appeal ruling on Benefit Cap

21 February 2014
The Court of Appeal has today dismissed a case that CPAG intervened in that was brought in relation to the way the cap disproportionately affects women. The Court found that the cap discriminates against women, but that this discrimination was not "manifestly without reasonable foundation" and was therefore lawful.

Editorial: we must win the battle of attitudes

Issue 146 (Autumn 2013)
What do the benefit cap, tougher conditionality for claimants and means testing child benefit all have in common? They all hit families with children hard. And they will all drive up child poverty in the next five years and beyond.

Single mothers lose legal challenge to the benefit cap

Issue 237 (December 2013)
Three single-parent families lost their judicial review challenge to the regulations implementing the £500 weekly cap on benefits in R(JS and others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2013] EWHC 3350 (QB). Mike Spencer discusses the ruling and the implications for other families affected by the benefit cap.

The Cost of a Child in 2013

14 August 2013
This report shows parents struggled more than ever to provide a decent standard of living for their families in 2013. This is the second in a series of annual reports on the cost of bringing up a child in the UK. 

Benefit cap Freedom of Information request

31 July 2013
According to the government, the benefit cap will ensure that families claiming out of work benefits receive no more in support that the average working household

Family finances hit by £2.3 billion bombshell in April

01 April 2013
Low income households will have their family finances hit by multiple cuts this month. The main cuts are: bedroom tax (housing benefit penalties for excess rooms in social sector) - £490m; council tax benefit localised and devolved budgets cut by 10% - £485m; local housing allowance annual uprate at CPI (instead of RPI) - £90m; benefit cap introduced - £290m; tax credit disregard for in-year increases reduced to £5,000 - £455m; working age benefits and tax credits: uprating capped at 1% - £505m.

Welfare reform – early impacts

Issue 231 (December 2012)
Kate Bell looks gives an overview of what early research has uncovered about the future impact of welfare reform.