Costs and spending

Children in poverty missing out on fun events and special occasions at school, new report finds

28 March 2022
Children from poorer families are unable to make the most of school life and take part in special activities and events due to cost, our new report has found.

The Cost of Having Fun at School

28 March 2022
The Cost of Having Fun at School captures the experiences of pupils and parents with school fun, highlighting what we've heard from Cost of the School Day focus groups with over 8,000 pupils as well as the views of parents and carers.

Chancellor fails the children who need him the most

23 March 2022
John Dickie responds to the Chancellor's Spring Statement

UC families face £660 income cut as Bank of England increases inflation expectations

21 March 2022
In a letter to the chancellor last week, the Bank of England stated that it expected inflation to be “around 8 per cent” this spring. With UC set to rise by just 3.1% in April, families with children on universal credit now face a real-terms cut of around £660 per year, on average.

Second benefits cut is unthinkable - organisations call for minimum 7% benefits rise

17 March 2022
Benefits must keep pace with the rising cost of living. Child Poverty Action Group joins forces with over 50 organisations to call for benefits to be increased by at least 7 per cent in April to match inflation.

Reducing the cost of the school day in Wales | Lleihau cost y diwrnod ysgol yng Nghymru

16 March 2022
Schools across Wales are working hard to ensure the inclusion and participation of children from low-income families. However, this briefing highlights areas repeatedly brought up by children, their families and by school staff as barriers that prevent learners from taking part, feeling happy and being able to make the most of the school day.

The Cost of the School Day in England: Pupils' Perspectives

01 March 2022
This report focuses on the UK Cost of the School Day project's research so far in England. It highlights some of the positive work being carried out by schools to ensure that opportunities are affordable and inclusive, while also drawing attention to the multitude of ways that pupils from low-income families face exclusion and stigma.​

UC families face £570 income cut as costs surge

15 February 2022
DWP figures out today show 3.6 million children were in families on universal credit (UC) in November. Because UC is set to rise by only 3.1% this April when inflation is expected to peak at 7.25%, most of these families face a real-terms cut of around £570 per year in social security support, just as supermarket prices and energy costs surge, new analysis from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows.

NEW DWP FIGURES: 3.6 million children in families on universal credit

15 February 2022
DWP figures out today show 3.6 million children were in families on universal credit (UC) in November– (see regional breakdown below). Because universal credit is set to rise by only 3.1% this April when inflation is expected to peak at 7.25%, most of these families face a real-terms cut of around £570 per year in social security support, just as supermarket prices and energy costs surge, new analysis from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows.

Nothing left to cut back: rising living costs and universal credit

15 February 2022
New statistics out today show that in November 2021, 3.6 million children were in families relying on universal credit (UC). With prices set to rise at twice the rate of benefits, these families and others receiving benefits face a real-terms cut to their income.