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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.

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

05 December 2012
Commenting in response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said: “Despite all the talk, working families are once again at the front of the queue for spending cuts. With 6 in 10 poor children living with a working parent, real terms cuts to tax credits, housing and child benefits are grim news...

Response to DWP consultation on ceasing production of income-related benefits take-up statistics

02 October 2012
This is CPAG’s response to a DWP consultation gathering views on its proposal to end, or at the very least limit, the production of take-up estimates for six key means-tested benefits

Disability and discrimination: the Court of Appeal upholds the rights of disabled people

Issue 228 (June 2012)
This article is an update on ‘Disability and discrimination: a case for special treatment' in Bulletin 226. That article discussed the arguments put forward in the case of Burnip v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In this article we consider the Court of Appeal’s decision in Burnip and the joined cases of Trengove and Gorry.

Appeal Court win benefits disabled people and their children

29 May 2012
We have won a case in the Court of Appeal that proves that the housing benefit rules discriminated unlawfully against disabled people.

Government loses disability benefit case in Appeal Court

15 May 2012
In a unanimous ruling, the Court of Appeal has held that the size criteria in the housing benefit regulations discriminate against disabled people, because they do not allow for an additional room to be paid for where a disabled person has a carer, or where two children cannot share a room because of disability.

Overhyped Budget does little for families

27 April 2012
Key points from Budget 2012: £2.165 billion of cuts to support for working families to go ahead next month; child poverty still expected to rise by an average of 100,000 children a year under Coalition’s spending plans; hundreds of thousands of low earners will gain just £33 from the tax threshold rise, not £220 as was claimed.