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Benefit levels

New blog from our food bank advisors

22 July 2015
Many people who use foodbanks have had their benefits sanctioned. Where's the promised government support?

Welfare Reform and Work Bill - Second Reading Briefing

16 July 2015
This Briefing presents CPAG's response to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015. The Bill presents wide-ranging changes which will affect families across the country.

First thoughts on the ‘National Living Wage’

08 July 2015
A substantial increase in the National Minimum Wage for over-25s (or National Living Wage, as Osborne’s re-badging has it) can only be a good thing for low-paid workers. It should be celebrated. That much, at least, is clear.

A budget that damages the economic security of working families

08 July 2015
Read our full response to the Government's summer budget.

Budget U-turn on tax credits and working families

08 July 2015
Responding to today’s budget Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “The welcome move on a higher minimum wage cannot disguise the truth that this is a budget that damages the economic security of working families, and takes us further down the road to being a two-nation economy, with higher child poverty for millions and lower taxes for the better off...

Don’t let tax credit changes freeze mums out of work

07 July 2015
What's the point of working tax credits? David Cameron has called their use into question by highlighting the role they play in enabling big businesses to get away with paying poverty wages. But this overlooks the important role that working tax credits play in enabling parents to enter or stay in the labour market working less than full-time.

CPAG in Scotland briefing in advance of the second reading of the Scotland Bill 2015

30 June 2015

Response to Welfare Reform Committee Call for Evidence on steps to mitigate the “Bedroom Tax”

30 June 2015

Grim news on child poverty

25 June 2015
Responding to today’s official poverty statistics (Households Below Average Income) Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: "These figures make grim reading for anyone looking for progress on child poverty.  Because, make no mistake, we are facing a child poverty crisis in the years ahead and the Government is not going to meet the child poverty targets it signed up to...

CPAG in Scotland briefing in advance of the second reading of the Scotland Bill 2015

05 June 2015