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Submission on foundation years and life chances

02 March 2016
In this submission on foundation years and the government's life chances strategy, we identify key characteristics of an early years service which would deliver on improving the life chances of disadvantaged children, and consider where current provision succeeds and where new approaches may be needed.

Supreme court to decide on 'unlawful' bedroom tax

23 February 2016
Our Legal Trainee blogs on the government's decision to appeal our bedroom tax case win in the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court to decide on ‘unlawful’ bedroom tax

23 February 2016
Following last month’s victory in the Court of Appeal, the battle continues for Paul and Sue Rutherford and their severely disabled grandson, Warren. The Court held that the ‘bedroom tax’ (or under-occupancy penalty) is in breach of the Human Rights Act 1998.

CPAG is urgently looking for bedroom tax cases

02 February 2016
CPAG is urgently looking for case studies following the Court of Appeal’s decision in R(Rutherford) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2016] EWCA Civ 29, which is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court.

Bedroom tax: time for a dishonourable retirement

28 January 2016
The bedroom tax (or under-occupancy penalty, as the government prefers), after smashing through so many families’ carefully balanced budgets, has finally hit a legal wall.

Bedroom tax case wins in court of appeal

28 January 2016
CPAG won our bedroom tax appeal in the case of Paul and Susan Rutherford, whose grandson has severe disabilities and needs 24 hour care.

Court of appeal rules that ‘bedroom tax’ is unlawful

27 January 2016
Today, the Court of Appeal has ruled that the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ is unlawful because of its impact on vulnerable individuals. The Court of Appeal dealt with two appeals together and in both cases ruled that the discrimination against victims of domestic violence and disabled children was not lawful.

Briefing for MPs: Benefit Sanctions Regime (Entitlement to Automatic Hardship Payments) Bill

18 January 2016
Read our briefing for MPs in advance of the Second Reading of the Benefit Sanctions Regime (Entitlement to Automatic Hardship Payments) Bill 2015-16. 

CPAG reaction to Prime Minister’s speech on life chances and parenting

11 January 2016
Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech on life chances and parenting today, Chief Executive of Child  Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said: “Of course parenting is difficult - and the most important job there is - but it is a whole lot harder to give your children good chances in life if you’re on poverty pay and clobbered by sky-high housing and childcare costs...

Cost of the School Holidays research published

23 December 2015
New research published today (Wednesday 23 December) by CPAG in Scotland highlights how struggling low income families face additional pressures when schools close for the holiday.