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Unemployed workers let down by failing work programme

27 November 2012
Commenting on the publication of the first official statistics on the performance of the Work Programme, Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Most people leave JSA and get back into work very quickly. The work programme is meant to help those who face greater challenges getting into work, and on this it is clearly failing...

MPs issue warning on Universal Credit

22 November 2012
The Work and Pensions select committee has today published the report of its inquiry into Universal Credit.

CPAG response to Work & Pension Committee's Universal Credit report

22 November 2012
 Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, has responded to the Work and Pensions Committee’s report on implementation of Universal Credit. On the implementation programme for Universal Credit, she said: “Ministers risk a ‘told you so’ moment in the future if they ignore this constructive warning...

Universal credit: monthly awards

Issue 230 (October 2012)
David Simmons examines the proposal to make universal credit a monthly benefit.

CPAG response to PM's Conservative Party conference speech: ‘Rising child poverty the real cap on aspiration for children’

10 October 2012
Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech at the Conservative Party conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Rising child poverty will be the real cap on aspiration for an increasing number of children in the coming years...

Response to DWP consultation on ceasing production of income-related benefits take-up statistics

02 October 2012
This is CPAG’s response to a DWP consultation gathering views on its proposal to end, or at the very least limit, the production of take-up estimates for six key means-tested benefits

New CPAG research shows childhood getting more expensive

04 September 2012
As parents face back-to-school costs, new research published today by Child Poverty Action Group and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation details the costs of meeting the minimum basic needs of a child in 2012.

Universal credit – an update

Issue 229 (August 2012)
Simon Osborne describes recent developments concerning the introduction, main rules and claims and payments arrangements of universal credit.

Universal credit and related regulations: response to the SSAC’s call for evidence

31 July 2012
This is CPAG’ s response to the Social Security Advisory Committee's call for evidence on the draft universal credit and related regulations.

Delivering the social fund at London-level: opportunities and risks

11 July 2012
This report focuses on delivery of the social fund by local authorities in London.