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Tearing up the safety net

Issue 239 (April 2014)
The future of localised welfare assistance schemes has been thrown into doubt as it emerged that DWP funding would end in April 2015. Dan Norris explains more, including news of the campaign to save the funding for the schemes.

Budget 2014: Child Poverty Action Group on the impact on families

19 March 2014
Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget Statement today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Today’s Budget tries to lock-in austerity for millions of low-paid families, poor children, carers and disabled people...

New CPAG report and data on local authorities and child poverty

18 July 2013
We have published data showing the cost of child poverty in local areas around the UK, and a new report to help local authorities with their child poverty strategies.

CPAG publishes cost of child poverty in every local authority and constituency

18 July 2013
Child Poverty Action Group has today published estimates of the costs generated by child poverty rates in every local authority and constituency in the UK. The local authority estimates, produced by Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University, are contained in a new report on how local authorities are trying to tackle child poverty at a time of social security cuts and upheaval.

Local Authorities and Child Poverty: balancing threats and opportunities

17 July 2013
This report outlines the impact of welfare reforms on local authorities – including the costs to local areas of child poverty - and explores how they and their partner organisations manage the impact of these reforms.

What is replacing the social fund?

Issue 233 (April 2013)
David Simmons looks at alternative provision following the abolition of the discretionary social fund (SF) from 1 April 2013.

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.