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CPAG's response to Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into benefit delivery

02 October 2015
CPAG has responded to the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into benefit delivery.

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.

Reforms to Universal Credit

08 July 2015
The TUC and CPAG co-author this report on how reforms to Universal Credit could reduce child poverty. The research compares 13 reforms, grouped into: raising the income tax threshold; reducing the taper rate; increasing work allowances; and increasing the child element. It finds that the tax threshold proposal cost by far the most, yet came bottom of the list for its child poverty reducing potential.

Don’t let tax credit changes freeze mums out of work

07 July 2015
What's the point of working tax credits? David Cameron has called their use into question by highlighting the role they play in enabling big businesses to get away with paying poverty wages. But this overlooks the important role that working tax credits play in enabling parents to enter or stay in the labour market working less than full-time.

Universal Credit could lift over 500,000 children out of poverty

04 July 2015
New research published today (Saturday) by the TUC and Child Poverty Action Group finds that much bigger reductions to child poverty could be achieved by channelling support through Universal Credit instead of raising the income tax threshold.

Policy report: Coping with complexity: financial support for kinship carers in Scotland

01 July 2015
Read our new policy report which looks at financial support for kinship carers in Scotland here.

CPAG in Scotland response to call for evidence on the impact of welfare reform on women

30 June 2015

CPAG in Scotland briefing in advance of the second reading of the Scotland Bill 2015

30 June 2015

Childcare costs push 130,000 children into poverty

19 June 2015
Risk of poverty increases by a third when working parents pay for childcare. Pledged support under universal credit won't kick in for at least four years. Leading charities urge government to bring forward support under tax credits.