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Two-child limit will see 200,000 more children in poverty

03 April 2017
Limiting universal credit payments to two children per family will push another 200,000 more children under the official poverty line once universal credit fully bites. The biggest group affected will be working families with three kids

Two-child limit - 200,000 more children in poverty

03 April 2017
New cuts limiting universal credit to the first two children in a family – starting Thursday April 6th - will push another 200,000 children below the official poverty line, new analysis by CPAG and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows. 

The two-child limit

Issue 257 (April 2017)
From 6 April 2017, a two-child limit applies in child tax credit (CTC) and means-tested benefits. Mark Willis and Simon Osborne describe the rules.

Do you have a client affected by the two child limit to tax credits/ universal credit?

24 March 2017
We are looking for tax credits or universal credit claimants affected by the two child limit.

Social security changes - April 2017

22 March 2017
In April 2017, many social security changes come into force that affect children and young people. We outline their impact.

Budget 2017: new language but more thin gruel for struggling families

08 March 2017
Responding to today’s Budget, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “The Budget may have put the next generation first in words, but it was silent on the huge rises in child poverty projected by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (1) over the next five years. Nothing does more to damage the childhoods and life chances of our children than poverty...

Tax credits, appeals and ‘SLANs’

Issue 256 (February 2017)
Mark Willis reviews recent caselaw about attempted appeals against tax credit ‘notices’ referred to by HMRC as ‘Statements Like an Award Notice’ or SLANs.

Tax credits: child disability element fiasco

Issue 256 (February 2017)
Martin Williams discusses securing child disability elements for the 28,000 families who lost out due to the failure of the DWP to notify HMRC about awards of disability living allowance (DLA).

Updated student and benefits factsheets

20 December 2016
We have updated the following factsheets on students and benefits: • Benefits for disabled students• Benefits for young people in further education or training • Parents claiming for young people in further education or training • Benefits and tax credits for students • Employment and support allowance and studying