Welcomed News on Free School Meals over Winter

Yesterday the government announced an extra £170m for local authorities to support families in England with essentials this winter. We’re calling for this to be given as cash to families. I am sure you will agree with us that families should have the dignity of making their own choices about how to meet their children’s needs. We want parents to be able to buy food for their families, and also be able to heat their homes and buy clothing, toys and other things their children need. The government also said they would extend school holiday programmes to more children in England – … Continue reading Welcomed News on Free School Meals over Winter


Recent figures have shown that Homelessness has risen by a third between 2016-2019; and has doubled in London. Around 4,751 people were estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night in England in 2017 = this Is of increase of 169% since 2010. 30% of children are classed as living in poverty in the UK in 2018. According to DWP figures, 20 million people were claiming benefits in the last quarter of 2018. 66% of those are over state pension age and 34% of working age. 4.2 Million people claimed Housing Benefit in the last quarter of 2018. Around … Continue reading STATE IMPERFECT 2019

CPAG Welfare Rights Handbook 2018

WELFARE BENEFITS AND TAX CREDITS HANDBOOK 2018/19   What does it cover? Our definitive guide to all benefits and tax credits is an essential resource for all professional advisers serious about giving the best and most accurate advice to their clients. Newly restructured, the handbook is now easier to use and it has been refocused to bring universal credit to the fore. With detailed information on all the recent changes to the social security system, including the latest on the roll-out of universal credit and the sanctions regime, the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook provides comprehensive advice about entitlement … Continue reading CPAG Welfare Rights Handbook 2018

CPAG – Guidance on Shared Parental Leave

Shared parental leave and statutory shared parental pay is being introduced for couples expecting a baby or adopting a child on or after 5 April 2015. This replaces additional paternity leave and pay, and offers more flexibility to couples to share the responsibility for the child and protect their income in the first year. Shared parental leave is available to parents who share the care of a child with husband, wife, civil partner or joint adopter the child’s other parent a partner (living together) –  includes same sex couples. The mother must first meet the qualifying conditions for maternity leave, … Continue reading CPAG – Guidance on Shared Parental Leave