Work and pay

NEW! Universal Credit and Work, 17 February 2023 ONLINE

17th February 2023
Online
This course is aimed at frontline advisers helping UC claimants into work. It provides an understanding of how earnings from employment and self-employment affect UC entitlement. Will everyone be better...

NEW! Universal Credit and Work, 18 November 2022 ONLINE

18th November 2022
Online
This course is aimed at frontline advisers helping UC claimants into work. It provides an understanding of how earnings from employment and self-employment affect UC entitlement. Will everyone be better...

NEW! Universal Credit and Work, 24 June 2022 ONLINE

24th June 2022
Online
This course is aimed at frontline advisers helping UC claimants into work. It provides an understanding of how earnings from employment and self-employment affect UC entitlement. Will everyone be better...

Extra time to tackle child poverty in Welsh schools

15 December 2021
Last week, the Welsh education minister Jeremy Miles announced a £2 million programme to trial new approaches to the timing of the school day. In the two-year pilot, participating schools will provide learners with the opportunity to take part in music, art, sports, and other activities after core school hours, to build rich social and cultural knowledge. As well as supporting individual children’s health and wellbeing, the policy could also be a powerful way of addressing child poverty in the round.

Early Warning System e-bulletin - November 2021

November 2021
This month, we have heard a lot about conditionality: Work-related requirements are being imposed on workers, parents, people with ill health (including those who are terminally ill), and people who are recently bereaved; and claimants who take part-time courses are seeing their universal credit at risk, despite trying to improve their job prospects.

Policy briefing – The problem with universal credit’s assessment periods and how to fix it

22 November 2021
UC claimants paid weekly, two-weekly or four-weekly sometimes receive an additional pay cheque in a single UC assessment period. This causes the claimant’s UC award to drop significantly even when there is no change in their circumstances. CPAG frequently hears from working claimants struggling to manage financially because their UC income is so volatile.

CPAG post-budget briefing

27 October 2021
There were some welcome announcements in today’s budget and spending review that will help support children and families on a low income, but this was not a budget that prioritised ending child poverty.

CPAG's response to the spending review

27 October 2021
Responding to today’s Spending Review, Sara Ogilvie, policy director at Child Poverty Action Group said the lower universal credit taper rate is “good news”, but added: "The long-overdue decision to lower the UC taper rate will help lots of low earners. But there was nothing for those who cannot work – carers, those with young children and people who are sick or disabled - who face the same cost pressures as other households and will still have a black hole in their finances after the universal credit cut...

CPAG's response to spending review

27 October 2021
Responding to today’s Spending Review, Sara Ogilvie, policy director at Child Poverty Action Group said the lower universal credit taper rate is “good news”, but added: "The long-overdue decision to lower the UC taper rate will help lots of low earners. But there was nothing for those who cannot work – carers, those with young children and people who are sick or disabled - who face the same cost pressures as other households and will still have a black hole in their finances after the universal credit cut...

Swings and roundabouts? Does the increase in the minimum wage make up for the universal credit cut?

26 October 2021
The government talks about increasing the minimum wage to ensure work pays. It also positions the increase to £9.50 an hour from April as making up for the cut to universal credit (UC). But to what extent will the increase help families reeling from the cut?