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Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into Universal Credit - CPAG's response

20 March 2017
The Work and Pensions Select Committee was so concerned about evidence heard during its inquiry into progress with the implementation of universal credit, that it has re-opened its inquiry to gather more evidence.

Budget 2017: thin gruel for struggling families

08 March 2017
The Budget used new language but was silent on projected increases in child poverty and left families highly exposed to rising costs, stagnating pay and benefit cuts.

Budget 2017: new language but more thin gruel for struggling families

08 March 2017
Responding to today’s Budget, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said: “The Budget may have put the next generation first in words, but it was silent on the huge rises in child poverty projected by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (1) over the next five years. Nothing does more to damage the childhoods and life chances of our children than poverty...

CPAG launches new universal credit email advice service

07 March 2017
CPAG has launched a new universal credit email advice service for advisers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The service is designed to supplement our Handbooks, telephone advice service and online information provided on our website through Ask CPAG.

Broken promises: What has happened to support for low-income working families under universal credit

01 March 2017
Today’s Guardian covered new analysis by CPAG and IPPR on the impact of cuts to universal credit. This analysis shows that universal credit cuts will hit families with children hardest, and will be poverty-producing to the tune of around a million children (comparing universal credit as originally designed with its current form).

New briefing: What has happened to support for low-income working families under universal credit

01 March 2017
Our new briefing examines cuts to universal credit ahead of next week's budget and was covered in today's Guardian. It finds that cuts to universal credit are poverty-producing to the tune of around one million children, and that families with children have been hit harder than any other group.

Broken promises: What has happened to support for low-income working families under universal credit

01 March 2017
This briefing presents some of the analysis to be published in a forthcoming report assessing the impacts of cuts to benefits from 2010 to 2020.  This briefing focuses on changes to universal credit since it was first legislated in 2012 and their effects on family incomes, work incentives and poverty rates. It also includes the effect of real-terms cuts to child benefit which took place during the same period.

Early warnings about the lower benefit cap

25 January 2017

A lot can happen in 6 weeks

20 January 2017
If you didn't have any money coming in for six weeks, could you and your family cope? Would you be able to pay the rent, the supermarket trip, the school meals?

Latest Early Warning System newsletter

09 January 2017