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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...

Treasury must not wreck universal credit and poverty progress

17 February 2011
Commenting ahead of today’s publication of the Welfare Reform Bill, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The jury is still out on the universal credit. Ministers are right to aim for much better back to work support and a benefits system that makes it pay to work...

Universal credit flaws and IT glitch must not damage children and families

12 January 2011
Commenting on the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the government’s proposals for welfare reform and a Universal Credit system, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: “The IFS report looks at Universal Credit, but the Government’s overall record on welfare so far is even more worrying...

Universal credit: universal panacea?

Issue 219 (December 2010)
David Simmons takes a look at the Government’s intention to replace the main means-tested benefits for working-age claimants with a universal credit.

Spending Review – more cuts

Issue 219 (December 2010)
Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.