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CPAG criticises housing payments cut

30 January 2015
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has strongly criticised the government’s decision, announced today, to cut local authorities’ budgets for discretionary housing payments by 24% (from £165m in 2014 -15 to £125m for 2015-16)[fn]Discretionary Financial Assistance Regulations 2001 SI No. 11167 p1599[/fn]

Discretionary housing payments policy note

30 January 2015
This policy note considers the role that discretionary housing payments (DHPs) have played over the last four years in mitigating the impact of ‘welfare reform’.

Urgent: last chance to save local welfare provision

12 January 2015
Campaign with us to keep our safety net. We have been campaigning to save local welfare provision, the last back-stop for vulnerable people, for over a year.

Latest reports on the impact of benefit sanctions

22 December 2014
Reports from various organisations on the impact of benefit sanctions.

CPAG criticises LWA decision

18 December 2014
CPAG has criticised the Government’s decision to maintain the cut in funding for local welfare assistance schemes (LWAs). 

New evidence shows people use food banks due to the negative effects of welfare reform

08 December 2014
"What is driving food bank use in the UK? Answering this research question is something of a challenge. There is no official data on food bank use – although the Trussell Trust does collect data on the numbers using their network, alongside reasons for referral – and no systematic evidence base telling us why people are referred for support.

Autumn Statement 2014

03 December 2014
The only giveaway for children in today's Autumn Statement was for families who can afford to fly abroad on holiday.

Autumn Statement: the prospect for children’s benefits looks no brighter

02 December 2014
Today’s the day that speculation about the content of the Autumn Statement reaches its peak. Will the Chancellor announce new spending cuts in light of lower-than-expected tax receipts? Or conversely, be in the market for some pre-election giveaways?

Sanctioning hunger

26 November 2014
If I need to take a day off work, I don’t usually lose one month’s salary as a result. However, if you’re claiming jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) and delays to your bus journey mean you arrive ten minutes late for an interview at the Jobcentre, you could well find yourself having your benefit stopped for four weeks or more through a sanction.

Response to NAO progress report on Universal Credit

26 November 2014
Commenting on today’s NAO progress report on Universal Credit, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “It is really disturbing that at this stage the NAO must ask for confirmation of the DWP’s plans for delivering Universal Credit in terms of its cost, timing and how it will work...