14 July 2016
Commenting on the appointment today of Damian Green as Work and Pensions Secretary, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The new Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green inherits the two great challenges of an oncoming child poverty crisis and a universal credit benefit that was meant to make work pay but was left eviscerated by Summer budget cuts...
13 July 2016
David Cameron’s final words at PMQs today – “Nothing is really impossible if you put your mind to it” – bring to my mind one of his early speeches on poverty.
28 June 2016
In 2014-15, UK child poverty increased by 200,000 to 3.9 million (after housing costs). 66% of poor children live in working families (up from 64%). London remains UK region with highest rate of child poverty (37%).
20 June 2016
Download our new resource for people who work with low-income families. To help you think about how changes to the benefit system affect the families that you work with and what you can do to help. The information in this booklet is based on findings from CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System.
16 May 2016
We started providing welfare rights advice to clients of the Tower Hamlets Foodbank as part of First Love Foundation’s Advice & Support project almost three years ago, thanks to help from the Pears Foundation. It’s now been a year since the project was scaled up with support from the Big Lottery Fund and I joined the team.
09 May 2016
This briefing describes how the cuts to universal credit work allowances reduce the gains from work, making it harder – not easier – for working parents to derive more of their income from earnings, in much the same way as the now abandoned tax credit cuts would have.
04 May 2016
It’s undoubtedly good news that Stephen Crabb, the new Work & Pensions Secretary, insists that Universal Credit will be one of his main priorities. The key question, however, is will it be one of the Chancellor’s priorities?
22 April 2016
CPAG's response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry in the future of Jobcentre Plus focuses on the role of Jobcentres in supporting claimants into work.
21 April 2016
Anyone following the story of Universal Credit’s painfully delayed roll-out will already be familiar with its time-bending qualities, but this month’s cuts to its work allowances mean that many hard-pressed parents now need to work a thirteen- or fourteen-month year just to protect current income levels.