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Our welfare rights team provides support to those advising on welfare benefits and tax credits:
help for advisers;
welfare benefits training;
welfare rights conference (London);
information on a wide range of welfare rights topics including current issues such as universal credit, welfare reform, employment and support allowance, right to reside and tax credits;
handbooks and online information services
Welfare Rights Bulletin published six times a year.
We aren't able to provide direct advice to people who are claiming benefits or to their friends and families, but other organisations may be able to help.
For advice, information and training in Scotland see our CPAG in Scotland pages.
Raising awareness and changing the law
We raise awareness of when social security legislation or services are not working, and seek improvements by taking test cases and lobbying.
Informing policy and campaigns
We analyse new legislation and contribute to CPAG briefings and consultation responses. Evidence from our advice work informs CPAG's policy and campaigns work.
The Child Poverty Act, and the targets to end child poverty by 2020 it enshrines, seem to be under attack from all sides. The latest sally comes in an article by IPPR Director Nick Pearce, headlined ‘Labour must drop its child poverty target and find another way’.
Imran Hussain, Head of Policy for Child Poverty Action Group, warns that after years of steadily catching up on our European neighbours, the wellbeing of our children now looks set to fall behind as a result of the government's austerity policies.
Ministers turned on charities and faith groups this week to discredit concerns over their welfare reforms. They know they cannot sustain public support when welfare myths are simply not based in fact.
Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group has given her response to the findings of the Poverty and Social Exclusion report released today.
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CPAG: “The Chancellor described it as a budget for families with children looking to work hard and aspiring to get on, but most low income families have very few reasons to be cheerful and plenty to be fearful. Child poverty is set to increase by 600,000 children during the Coalition’s time in office, and there is nothing much in the Budget that will change this course." Read on.