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Child poverty campaigners call on Scottish Government to use new social security powers to help eradicate child poverty

24 October 2016

Scottish Government consulation on social security in Scotland

19 October 2016
Read our briefing which give an overview of some of the key points we’re likely to raise in our consultation response. These include the need to use new ‘top-up’ power to invest in child benefit and the need to ensure benefits for carers and disabled people are adequate and fairly delivered.

The cost of a child: Theresa May must reverse cuts to family benefits

22 September 2016
The mood around welfare cuts may finally be shifting. The new work and pensions secretary Damian Green has explicitly sought to distance himself from the stance of the past six years by stating that there "will be no new search for cuts in individual welfare benefits".

Parents on minimum wage cannot meet basic family costs

22 September 2016
Parents working on the ‘national living wage’ still can’t earn enough to provide an acceptable minimum living standard for their children despite flat (and now falling) inflation and a drop in core household costs like food and energy – even if they both work full-time, warns a new report.

Catch us at the party conferences

19 September 2016
This year, we'll again be at the Lib Dem, Labour and Conservative party conferences, holding fringe events to stimulate discussion of child poverty and its solutions in the parties. The events will debate what reforms are needed to stop the projected 50% increase in child poverty by the next election in 2020.

Housing benefit and universal credit

Issue 253 (August 2016)
David Simmons examines some of the complexities that can arise from the phased replacement of housing benefit (HB) by universal credit (UC).

What Brexit could mean for child poverty

22 July 2016
Two weeks ago, while all eyes were elsewhere, the government published the latest UK poverty statistics. They showed that 200,000 more children are in poverty compared to last year.

Response to statement on universal credit

20 July 2016
Responding today to Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green’s announcement of further delays to the roll out of Universal Credit, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “Although we don’t want the government to rush through the roll out of universal credit if it’s not ready as it will eventually involve half the nation’s children, this latest delay does beg the question of whether the benefit is still fit for purpose...

Child support: a forgotten resource for low-income families?

Issue 154 (Summer 2016)
It is clear that the government intends to do little to increase the cash incomes of poor families with dependent children. Most poor families are set to get less and less over the next four years.