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Universal credit: what we know and don’t yet know

Issue 227 (April 2012)
David Simmons considers what we do and don’t know about universal credit, following the passing of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

Minimum wage rise below inflation tightens squeeze on families

20 March 2012
Commenting on the decision by Ministers to adopt the proposals of the Low Pay Commission for a rise in the National Minimum wage below inflation, and a freeze for younger workers, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This is another turn of the screw on families working hard in the lowest paid jobs...

Local figures for children and families losing Working Tax Credit in April

20 March 2012
In April 2012, around half a million children will suddenly be at risk of being plunged into poverty as the Working Tax Credit hours rule changes for couples. Research by Usdaw, the union representing shopworkers, suggests most people affected simply cannot get extra hours from their employer.

White Paper on Universal Credit: submission to Work and Pensions Committee

03 February 2012
The White Paper Universal Credit: welfare that works set out the Coalition Government’s plans to reform the welfare system by creating a new universal credit.

Welfare Reform Bill: second reading briefing from CPAG

03 February 2012
This briefing written for MPs summarises CPAG's position on the Welfare Reform Bill 2011 as at March 2011, our fourteen key concerns and our ten principles for welfare reform.

Joint Briefing: Report and Third Reading of the Welfare Reform Bill

03 February 2012
CPAG is part of an consortium of leading organisations with expertise in the UK welfare system, who work to support clients and reduce poverty. We have come together to influence the Bill as it passes through Parliament.

Escalating conditionality

Issue 225 (December 2011)
David Simmons describes the new conditionality regime for benefit claimants provided for in the Welfare Reform Bill 2011.

Universal credit: the gender impact

Issue 140 (Autumn 2011)
The government’s plans to introduce a new universal credit are intended to improve work incentives and simplify a complex benefits system, but may work against its duty to promote gender equality.

CPAG statement on Prime Minister's speech and plans to remove benefits from rioters

15 August 2011
Commenting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which receives its Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This bill means too many vulnerable people are set to be losers, and too many people will find the promise to make work pay is not being kept...

Welfare Reform Bill must be put on hold until government explains plans

15 June 2011
Commenting on the Welfare Reform Bill, which receives its Third Reading in the House of Commons today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “This bill means too many vulnerable people are set to be losers, and too many people will find the promise to make work pay is not being kept...