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.
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.
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.
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...
01 November 2012
This report from our London project examines the early impact of welfare reforms across London.
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.
22 August 2012
This report focuses on issues and key considerations for English local authorities in developing a local social fund replacement scheme.
11 July 2012
This report focuses on delivery of the social fund by local authorities in London.
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.