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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.

End of a Faustian pact: workfare and riots

Issue 140 (Autumn 2011)
During the past three decades, Guy Standing argues, politicians struck a Faustian pact. In return for ‘labour market flexibility’, government would top up declining wages through subsidies and tax credits and redirect social protection from an emphasis on social solidarity and social insurance to means-tested social assistance.

Plugging the gap? DHPs in the light of housing benefit cuts

Issue 224 (October 2011)
Edward Graham takes a look at discretionary housing payments (DHPs) and considers their scope to help claimants meet their rent in the light of the cuts to housing benefit (HB).

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...

Can welfare reform work?

Issue 139 (Summer 2011)
Since the late 1990s, successive governments have engaged in the process of welfare reform. A cross-party consensus has emerged, which prioritises moving benefit recipients into work and increasing the role of private and voluntary providers in delivering employment services.

CPAG's challenge to the housing benefit changes

Issue 221 (April 2011)
Changes to Housing Benefit first announced in the June 2010 budget come into force in April 2011. This article outlines what those changes are, and how and why CPAG is challenging them.

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...

The effect of fiscal tightening on family incomes and child poverty

Issue 137 (Autumn 2010)
A new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that the Coalition Government’s Emergency Budget hit families with children hardest.