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Family living standards fall as minimum cost to raise a child up 4% in last year

19 August 2013
As parents face back-to-school costs, new research published today by Child Poverty Action Group and co-funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that parents face a growing struggle to provide a decent standard of living for their families in 2013.

'Bedroom tax' - exemptions and legal challenges

Issue 233 (April 2013)
In Bulletin 232, we examined the rules restricting the housing benefit (HB) entitlement of social sector tenants who are deemed to have excess bedrooms. Since then two new exemptions have been announced, the government has dropped its appeal against a CPAG test case in the Supreme Court and a number of judicial review challenges have been launched. Mike Spencer explores these developments.

Budget leaves poorest families abandoned on the frontline of austerity

20 March 2013
The Chancellor described it as a budget for families looking to work hard and aspiring to get on, but CPAG believes most low income families have very few reasons to be cheerful and plenty to be fearful.

Budget leaves poorest families abandoned on the frontline of austerity

20 March 2013
Responding to today’s Budget Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said: “The Chancellor described it as a budget for families with children looking to work hard and aspiring to get on, but most low income families have very few reasons to be cheerful and plenty to be fearful...

DWP drops Supreme Court appeal over disabled children ‘bedroom tax’

14 March 2013
The Department for Work and Pensions has issued an ‘urgent bulletin’ announcing that the Secretary of State has decided to drop his pursuit of an appeal at the Supreme Court on a case he had lost at the Court of Appeal.

DWP drops Supreme Court appeal over disabled children ‘bedroom tax’

12 March 2013
The DWP has dropped its appeal on the 'Gorry' case, for which CPAG provided legal representation, and has today told local authorities to allow an extra bedroom for children who are unable to share because of their severe disabilities.

Fact check: disabled children and the bedroom tax

08 March 2013
Mike Spencer, CPAG's Legal Officer, has written a blog for the Nearly Legal site on the bedroom tax.  

HB deductions for under-occupying social housing

Issue 232 (February 2013)
David Simmons examines new rules which restrict the housing benefit (HB) entitlement of social housing tenants with excess bedrooms.

Autumn Statement: New cuts hit children in working and out of work families

05 December 2012
Despite all the talk, working families are once again at the front of the queue for spending cuts.