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Top universal credit issues revealed

10 July 2018
The most common universal credit problems we're seeing include administrative errors, problems with housing costs and difficulties making a claim.

‘You can’t live on thin air’: the wait for universal support

Poverty 160 (summer 2018)
The impact of the transition to universal credit is only just beginning to be felt. By the end of 2018, all job centres across the UK will be processing claimants in the new system, and by 2022 all existing eligible claimants still on the legacy benefits will have been migrated to the new system – 12 million households.

Editorial: Poverty 160

Poverty 160 (summer 2018)
New poverty figures show that child poverty has risen for the third year in a row, to 4.1 million (after housing costs). And analysis by the University of York shows that families in poverty are now more than £60 a week below the poverty line on average, compared with just over £50 10 years ago.

The impact of welfare reform on housing security

Poverty 160 (summer 2018)
Welfare reforms underway since 2010 will reduce social security spending by £27 billion a year by 2021, and reach into most aspects of financial support for working-age adults and children.

71,000 families hit by the two-child limit policy in its first year

28 June 2018
DWP statistics published today show  71,000 families have lost entitlement to child allowances in tax credits or universal credit in the first year of the ‘two-child  policy’.  

What is the Early Warning System (Scotland)?

The Early Warning System (EWS) gathers information and case studies about the impact of welfare reform on children and families across Scotland.

Submission on benefit sanctions

08 June 2018
CPAG has submitted evidence to the Work and Pensions select committee on benefit sanctions, their impact, and how the regime could be improved. 

Child Poverty Action Group welcomes universal credit changes

07 June 2018
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has called for key cuts to Universal Credit to be reversed following new DWP evidence showing a large number of claimants are struggling to make ends meet many months into their claims.

UK child poverty gaps increasing again

28 May 2018
There has always been a debate in the world of poverty measurement about whether we should be more concerned about poverty rates (the proportion below a poverty threshold) or poverty gaps (how far people in poverty are below the poverty threshold).