08 December 2021
New universal credit (UC) rules could force non-dependent disabled youngsters out of education because they will be left without enough money to live on if they need means-tested support, CPAG warns.
08 December 2021
New regulations will come into force on 15 December 2021 that further restrict access to universal credit (UC) for disabled young people in education. This contradicts government policy to support disabled people ‘to live independently and achieve their potential’ by making it harder for them to advance their skills or in some cases complete basic education.
03 December 2021
Our Secure Futures for Children and Families project asks the question: What does a social security system that provides a secure future for children and families look like? Through a programme of roundtable events with different audiences, four citizens’ juries, and a series of written contributions, we have explored this question in detail. This report brings together what we learned from these activities.
This factsheet provides an overview of universal credit and summarises the main rules affecting claimants.
22 November 2021
UC claimants paid weekly, two-weekly or four-weekly sometimes receive an additional pay cheque in a single UC assessment period. This causes the claimant’s UC award to drop significantly even when there is no change in their circumstances. CPAG frequently hears from working claimants struggling to manage financially because their UC income is so volatile.
This factsheet explains the universal credit rules for kinship carers.
13 November 2021
People who claimed universal credit at the start of the pandemic when face-to-face identity checks were suspended have had their claims stopped and demands for the repayment of their entire award, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) reports.
The Early Warning System collects evidence from advisers about how welfare reform is affecting their clients. We use this data for campaigns, in discussions with DWP, and to produce advice resources.