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Family finances hit by £2.3 billion bombshell in April

01 April 2013
Low income households will have their family finances hit by multiple cuts this month. The main cuts are: bedroom tax (housing benefit penalties for excess rooms in social sector) - £490m; council tax benefit localised and devolved budgets cut by 10% - £485m; local housing allowance annual uprate at CPI (instead of RPI) - £90m; benefit cap introduced - £290m; tax credit disregard for in-year increases reduced to £5,000 - £455m; working age benefits and tax credits: uprating capped at 1% - £505m.

Localisation of the Social Fund: Countdown to change

14 March 2013
From April 2013, the discretionary elements of the Social Fund, Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans, will cease to operate at a national level. Funding to provide a replacement scheme will be devolved to local authority level.

Young people's thoughts on child poverty policy

20 December 2012
Five groups of young people from some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in England have produced their own local area child poverty strategies: Gateshead, Liverpool, Manchester, Tower Hamlets, and Westminster. 

CPAG response to Work & Pension Committee's Universal Credit report

22 November 2012
 Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, has responded to the Work and Pensions Committee’s report on implementation of Universal Credit. On the implementation programme for Universal Credit, she said: “Ministers risk a ‘told you so’ moment in the future if they ignore this constructive warning...

Between a rock and a hard place: early impacts of welfare reform on London

01 November 2012
This report from our London project examines the early impact of welfare reforms across London.

Delivering the social fund at a local level

Issue 229 (August 2012)
CPAG published a new report at the end of June, looking at the opportunities and risks around the localisation of the social fund in London. Kate Bell, London campaign co-ordinator at CPAG, explains how some local authorities are planning for the abolition of the discretionary social fund next year, and what ideas are forming as to what should take its place.

The Social Fund at a local level: notes for and from practitioners

22 August 2012
This report focuses on issues and key considerations for English local authorities in developing a local social fund replacement scheme.

Delivering the social fund at London-level: opportunities and risks

11 July 2012
This report focuses on delivery of the social fund by local authorities in London.

New report - how can the social fund be delivered at a local level?

29 June 2012
This new report explains how the social fund, the 'safety net' for many families needing emergency support, will be devolved to local level in 2013.

Tackling child poverty in partnership

Issue 141 (Spring 2012)
The Child Poverty Act 2010 places an obligation on governments to end child poverty in the UK by 2020. It also places new duties on devolved administrations and local government to tackle child poverty.