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CPAG publishes cost of child poverty in every local authority and constituency

18 July 2013
Child Poverty Action Group has today published estimates of the costs generated by child poverty rates in every local authority and constituency in the UK. The local authority estimates, produced by Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University, are contained in a new report on how local authorities are trying to tackle child poverty at a time of social security cuts and upheaval.

Local Authorities and Child Poverty: balancing threats and opportunities

17 July 2013
This report outlines the impact of welfare reforms on local authorities – including the costs to local areas of child poverty - and explores how they and their partner organisations manage the impact of these reforms.

'Foodbanks first’ jobseekers cut and welfare cap will rack up economic costs of child poverty

26 June 2013
Responding to today’s spending Review Statement by the Chancellor, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “The decision to delay eligibility for Job Seekers Allowance to seven days is a ‘foodbanks first’ policy that will hurt families stuck in the low pay – no pay cycle, moving in and out of insecure, low-paid jobs, and will lengthen foodbank queues...

Two thirds of children in poverty living in working families

13 June 2013
Responding to today’s official figures on UK child poverty for 2011/12, published today by DWP, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Despite all the talk about ‘scroungers’ and generations of families never working, today’s poverty figures expose comprehensively the myth that the main cause of poverty is people choosing not to work...

Will Universal Credit Work?

28 May 2013
This report, published by the TUC and CPAG, finds that universal credit risks failing even on its own terms unless adjustments to its design are made and broader policies to tackle the causes of poverty are put in place.

IFS expect major surge in child poverty this decade

07 May 2013
A new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts that relative child poverty will increase by 34% and absolute child poverty will increase by 55% in the decade from 2010-2020.

Universal credit - will it work?

07 May 2013
A new report Will Universal Credit Work?, published by the TUC and CPAG, finds that this new benefit risks failing even on its own terms unless adjustments to its design are made and broader policies to tackle the causes of poverty are put in place. 

Family finances hit by £2.3 billion bombshell in April

01 April 2013
Low income households will have their family finances hit by multiple cuts this month. The main cuts are: bedroom tax (housing benefit penalties for excess rooms in social sector) - £490m; council tax benefit localised and devolved budgets cut by 10% - £485m; local housing allowance annual uprate at CPI (instead of RPI) - £90m; benefit cap introduced - £290m; tax credit disregard for in-year increases reduced to £5,000 - £455m; working age benefits and tax credits: uprating capped at 1% - £505m.