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Tax credits: new problems

Issue 245 (April 2015)
Although the Welfare Reform Act 2012 provides for the abolition of tax credits, it is still possible for people who are not entitled to universal credit to make a new claim for tax credits for 2015/16 and the majority of claimants will see their awards renewed as normal. There are also some new developments in policy and legislation, described here by Mark Willis.

What was missing from the 2015 Budget? Anything to do with child poverty

19 March 2015
'This was a "see no poverty, hear no poverty" budget from a government in denial. The Chancellor made claim to a truly national recovery throughout his speech but this is a ‘See no poverty, Hear no poverty’ Budget which continues to leave children and the low paid behind.

Budget 2015: 'see no poverty, hear no poverty'

18 March 2015
Responding today to the Chancellor’s Budget speech, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “The chancellor made claim to a truly national recovery but this is a ‘see no poverty, hear no poverty’ Budget which continues to leave children and the low paid behind...

The limits of Universal Credit

06 March 2015
Since 2010 the Government has overseen an ambitious, large-scale programme of income redistribution. From poorer to richer groups. That’s the striking conclusion to be drawn from the most comprehensive analysis to date of the Government’s social policy record published recently by the LSE and the universities of Manchester and York.

Tax-Free Childcare, universal credit and tax credits

Issue 244 (February 2015)
Mark Willis describes a new scheme due for introduction during 2015, aimed at assisting with childcare costs for some families, and its exclusive interaction with universal credit (UC) and tax credits. UPDATE: Tax-Free Childcare will not be introduced until 2017.

Is universal credit working?

Issue 243 (December 2014)
Paul Treloar describes an official report on the impact of universal credit (UC).

Universal credit: get ready

Issue 243 (December 2014)
With universal credit (UC) due to begin a significant nationwide expansion from February 2015, advisers should be ready for the main rules determining access to the UC system, and the main problems and challenges likely to arise for claimants. Simon Osborne and David Simmons explain.

Autumn Statement 2014

03 December 2014
The only giveaway for children in today's Autumn Statement was for families who can afford to fly abroad on holiday.

Response to Autumn Statement

03 December 2014
Responding to today’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “It’s striking that the only giveaway for children was for families who can afford to fly them abroad on holiday. For millions more children, today’s Autumn Statement is about staying the course for poverty rather than prosperity...

Response to NAO progress report on Universal Credit

26 November 2014
Commenting on today’s NAO progress report on Universal Credit, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “It is really disturbing that at this stage the NAO must ask for confirmation of the DWP’s plans for delivering Universal Credit in terms of its cost, timing and how it will work...