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Too simple: the failure of universal credit assessment periods

08 August 2018
In the ‘simple’ world of universal credit, monthly assessment periods are the supposedly ‘neat’ way of judging what financial support families should get based on their earnings and circumstances.

Rough justice: problems with monthly assessment of pay and circumstances in universal credit, and what can be done about them

06 August 2018
This report identifies a range of problems arising from the rigid system of monthly assessment of both income and circumstances in universal credit, based on cases from CPAG’s Early Warning System, and proposes practical solutions.

Universal credit assessment system is leaving claimants out of pocket

06 August 2018
Working people claiming universal credit are having their benefits capped when they shouldn’t be, and losing the effects of ‘work allowances’ worth up to £258 per month simply because of the dates on which their paydays and universal credit 'assessment periods' happen to fall, new evidence from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows.

The free school meals poverty trap

12 March 2018
Up to now, all families receiving universal credit have been eligible for free school meals. However, from 1 April 2018 in England, the Government plans to introduce a new earnings limit so that families on universal credit earning over £7,400 a year (after tax and national insurance) are no longer eligible.

OBR sceptical about DWP's claims about Universal Credit

09 February 2018
The roll-out of Universal Credit may be running five years later than planned, having wasted £40 million in botched IT, and been emasculated by austerity cuts since 2015, but its advocates in the DWP still argue that it is all going to be worthwhile in the end because its labour supply effects will get people into work and onto higher earnings

Budget 2017: rescue package for universal credit but no structural reform to keep the promise of greater rewards from work

22 November 2017
“We were the first to sound the alarm over the waiting days for universal credit, so we’re pleased the Chancellor has acted to remove them and put in place new arrangements for receiving advances as part of an emergency rescue package, but this should have been the budget that ushered in much needed structural reform of Universal Credit"

The Austerity Generation: promise of greater rewards from work broken under Universal Credit as families with children hardest hit by cuts

06 November 2017
The promise of greater rewards from work made to working families has been broken as a result of cuts to Universal Credit and tax credits, with losses reaching thousands of pounds in many cases, new analysis by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows.

The Austerity Generation: promise of greater rewards from work broken under universal credit as families with children hardest hit by cuts

06 November 2017
The promise of greater rewards from work made to working families has been broken as a result of cuts to Universal Credit and tax credits, with losses reaching thousands of pounds in many cases, new analysis by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows.

Six key points from 'The Austerity Generation: the impact of a decade of cuts on families with children'

06 November 2017
Today, CPAG publishes a major new study on the impact of austerity on families with children: ‘The Austerity Generation: the impact of a decade of cuts on family incomes and child poverty‘.

Poll finds Britain wants to work

02 November 2017
Low and middle-income parents want to work, want permanent jobs with a sense of purpose and put a premium on job security - but inadequate pay, a lack of affordable childcare and poor opportunities for progression are holding them back, a survey by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Working Families finds.