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The Austerity Generation: the impact of a decade of cuts on family incomes and child poverty

03 November 2017
Our new research, conducted with the Institute for Public Policy Research, models the impact of cuts to social security over the decade.

Opposition Day Debate: Pause and fix of roll-out of Universal Credit briefing for MPs

18 October 2017
Read our briefing for MPs in advance of the Opposition Day Debate: Pause and fix of roll-out of Universal Credit, after Prime Minister’s Questions, Wednesday 18th October 2017.

PM speech: Ignoring child poverty is no way to build British Dream

04 October 2017
In response to the Prime Minister’s party conference speech, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Despite its billing, despite all the slogans on the stage, this was not really a speech about aspiration and building a country that works for everyone...

Universal Credit: response to Secretary of State’s speech

02 October 2017
In response to David Gauke's Conservative party speech, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: "We've been calling for some time for information on advance payments to be proactively offered to families with children...

‘Closing’ universal credit claims

Issue 260 (October 2017)
Martin Williams looks at the DWP practice of ‘closing’ claims to universal credit (UC).

‘Two-child limit’: the exceptions

Issue 260 (October 2017)
Following the introduction of the ‘two-child limit’ in April 2017 (as described in Bulletin 257), Mark Willis takes a closer look at the exceptions now that government guidance is available.

From ESA to UC

Issue 259 (August 2017)
Simon Osborne looks at the rules regarding claimants ‘migrating’ from employment and support allowance (ESA) to universal credit (UC).

UC earnings and problems

Issue 259 (August 2017)
David Simmons describes some of the issues when a claimant is paid twice during a universal credit (UC) monthly assessment period.

Queen's speech: Child Poverty Action Group response

21 June 2017
Welcome shelving of plans to cut universal free school meals; no plans for tackling rising child poverty, despite promise to tackle ‘burning injustice’ of poverty; urgent need for a coherent social justice agenda.