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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.

New report finds poor children going hungry at school

15 June 2012
The British Youth Council and Child Poverty Action Group have today published a joint report, Going Hungry? Young people’s experiences of Free School Meals, on the failure of the free school meals system to reach all children in poverty.

Mandatory consideration of revision before appeal - CPAG's response to the DWP's public consultation

30 April 2012
Clause 100 of the Welfare Reform Bill as introduced enables regulations to be made to require claimants who disagree with a decision to request consideration of revision before they may appeal against a decision.

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.