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Will Universal Credit Work?

28 May 2013
This report, published by the TUC and CPAG, finds that universal credit risks failing even on its own terms unless adjustments to its design are made and broader policies to tackle the causes of poverty are put in place.

Universal credit - will it work?

07 May 2013
A new report Will Universal Credit Work?, published by the TUC and CPAG, finds that this new benefit risks failing even on its own terms unless adjustments to its design are made and broader policies to tackle the causes of poverty are put in place. 

Childcare support plan must be better targeted and more timely

19 March 2013
Responding to the government’s announcement that they will cover up to 85 per cent of childcare costs for some low-income families eligible for universal credit (UC) from April 2016, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group said: “We welcome this government recognition that the high costs of childcare in the UK act as a significant deterrent for all families..

Coalition policies to push 600,000 children into absolute poverty by 2015

19 March 2013
New analysis for Child Poverty Action Group by Landman Economics has found that an increase of 600,000 children in absolute child poverty is likely between 2010 and 2015. The analysis is made on the basis of the Coalition tax and benefit spending policies implemented since 2010, and planned to be implemented up to 2015.

200,000 more children to be pushed into poverty by government bill

17 January 2013
The government has revealed in answer to a parliamentary question that 200,000 children will be pushed into relative income poverty by its bill to cut social security benefits and tax credits in real terms.

Child poverty strategy in disarray from poverty-producing bill

17 January 2013
The government has revealed in answer to a parliamentary question that 200,000 children will be pushed into relative income poverty by its bill to cut social security benefits and tax credits in real terms. This result from a restriction of annual uprating to just 1%, which is below inflation.

Autumn Statement: New cuts hit children in working and out of work families

05 December 2012
Commenting in response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said: “Despite all the talk, working families are once again at the front of the queue for spending cuts. With 6 in 10 poor children living with a working parent, real terms cuts to tax credits, housing and child benefits are grim news...

Autumn statement must not short-change strivers or make poor pay for missed growth

04 December 2012
Commenting ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said: “We're looking for targeted help for families with children struggling to make ends meet as living costs rise. Ministers talk about helping the 'strivers', but the truth is that the 'strivers' keep being short-changed...

Payments for supported accommodation under universal credit

Issue 231 (December 2012)
David Simmons considers how payments for supported accommodation will be met after the introduction of universal credit, in the light of recent government announcements.