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"It’s like a game of chess" – interview with our Legal Officer Mike Spencer

05 September 2016
Our Legal Officer Mike Spencer has headed off to a secondment at the Supreme Court, so we caught up with him before he went on the highs and lows of fighting CPAG’s legal battles on behalf of children in poverty.

Promoting fairness? Lowering the benefit cap will push more families into poverty

25 July 2016
This autumn the benefit cap will be cut, squeezing low-income families even further and pushing more people into poverty. The Welfare Reform & Work Act 2016 lowers the cap to £23,000 per annum for families (or £15,410 for single claimants) in London and £20,000 for families (or £13,400 for single claimants) outside of London.

Response to statement on universal credit

20 July 2016
Responding today to Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green’s announcement of further delays to the roll out of Universal Credit, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “Although we don’t want the government to rush through the roll out of universal credit if it’s not ready as it will eventually involve half the nation’s children, this latest delay does beg the question of whether the benefit is still fit for purpose...

Changes in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016

Issue 252 (June 2016)
The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 received royal assent on 16 March 2016. Mike Spencer summarises the key changes to social security legislation.

When will the key provisions of the Welfare Reform and Work Act come into force?

21 March 2016
The Welfare Reform and Work Act received Royal Assent last week. Now it’s here, when do its key provisions come into force?

Frozen out: government’s silent treatment on Welfare Reform and Work Bill

21 December 2015
Last week the Welfare Reform and Work Bill entered committee stage in the House of Lords. The bill will scrap all the government’s child poverty targets and measures, and make sweeping cuts to social security. Given the wide-ranging changes it seeks to make, it is surprising – and worrying – that ministers have provided so little detail on how the new measures will work and what the impacts will be on families with children.

CPAG's response to call for evidence by JCHR on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

23 November 2015
CPAG has responded to a call for evidence by the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

Parents struggling to meet no-frills family costs as crisis in family finances looms

12 August 2015
Parents working on the minimum wage are on the brink of a new crisis in family finances that will leave many stranded when it comes to meeting no-frills family costs, warns a new report produced by Loughborough University’s Donald Hirsch for Child Poverty Action Group.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill - briefings

04 August 2015
A collection of briefings from CPAG and other organisations on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Welfare Reform and Work Bill - Second Reading Briefing

16 July 2015
This Briefing presents CPAG's response to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015. The Bill presents wide-ranging changes which will affect families across the country.