Rough sleeping and homelessness 

London Intelligence, 9 May 2018
Latest figues show that over 54,000 households (nearly 15 in every 1,000 London households) were being housed in temporary accommodation by their council at the end of 2017. A further 1,600 had a duty owed to them but with nothing secured, which is over 70 per cent higher than the same point last year and the highest point on record by a significant margin, reflecting difficulties in finding appropriate temporary accommodation. Research suggests the main cause of statutory homelessness is termination of private rental contracts. More

Housing and life experiences: making a home on a low income 

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 30 April 2018
This report provides a detailed analysis of the interaction between poverty and housing across the lifecourse. It shows how good and stable housing can mitigate poverty, and the difficulties in trying to make and sustain a home in an increasingly expensive and constrained housing system. More.  

Most DWP Frontline Staff 'Say Universal Credit Should Be Scrapped'

Huffington Post, 7 May 2018
An investigation for Channel 4's Dispatches, reveals some 70% of DWP staff say the roll out of Universal Credit should be stopped. Universal Credit has been beset by problems in its roll out amid claims it has led to a surge in foodbank use and poverty. The programme shown on 7 May,  found claimants are still unable to meet basic costs while waiting for their initial payments, resulting in thousands of claimants losing 40% of their benefit to pay back DWP debts. More.

Child poverty in working households up by 1 million children since 2010, says TUC   

TUC 7 May 2018
The number of children growing up in poverty in working households is set to be 1 million (+50%) higher this year than in 2010, according to new TUC research.
The analysis shows that 600,000 children (with working parents) have been pushed into poverty as a result of the government’s in-work benefit cuts and public sector pay restrictions. More.  

Trussell Trust figures show rise in food bank use and failure of Universal Credit to support vulnerable families  

Trussell Trust 24 April 2018
Between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network distributed 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis, a 13% increase on the previous year. 484,026 of these went to children. This is a higher increase than the previous financial year, when foodbank use was up by 6.64%. More.
The release of the figures is accompanied by the publication of Left Behind: Is Universal Credit Truly Universal?, a new report into Universal Credit and foodbank use.  

May 2018

London goes to the polls on Thursday, new research conducted by Survation for 4in10 reveals huge desire for new administrations to tackle poverty

  • Parties should not take voters for granted, with one in 10 voters telling Survation they are currently undecided on which party to vote for,
  • 61% of Londoners say they would be more likely to vote for a party that made a commitment to improving the lives of the poorest children
  • 81% think local councils should pay all their staff the Real London Living Wage 
  • 65% wanting their new Council Leader to make a strong commitment on the issue

See full release here

April 2018

May 3rd 2018, London Local Council Elections 

As part of the London Child Poverty Alliance we have created this manifesto for Local Authorities, we are promoting it with candidates across the capital right now. If you or your organisation is interested in registering voters and campaigning with us to make changes in your local area, please get in touch with Raquel Jesse:

Government U-turn on housing benefit welcomed

BBC News 29 March 2018

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has announced the reversal of a 2014 policy which prevented people under the age of 21 automatically getting housing benefit. It was estimated that 10,000 young people would have been affected. More.

Schools and education staff are increasingly providing the services and essentials of daily life to stop families falling through the cracks

National Education Union, 2 April 2018

A snapshot survey of members of the National Education Union (NEU) reveals the extent to which poverty is damaging the educational opportunities for children from poor families.
A staggering 87% of respondents say that poverty is having a significant impact on the learning of their pupils and students and 60% believe that the situation has worsened since 2015. 
The joint survey by the NEU and the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) also reveals the extent to which schools are stepping in to fill the gaps left by the cuts to statutory services and voluntary and community organisations. More.

Households below average income figures show rise in in work poverty

Office for National Statistics, 22 March 2018

Reductions in benefits and tax credits since 2015 mean that many more working households are falling into poverty. Two thirds of children in poverty are in working households. Almost half of children in lone parent families are now in poverty. The figures cover the year 2016 -2017 and so with further cuts in benefits to come, more families will be pushed into poverty.  More.

Doubts over Homelessness Act within days of implementation

Housing 24, 4 April 2018

Within days of the Homelessness Act coming into law, doubts about any real difference it can make dominate debate over its future. Government has set aside £72 million for English councils over three years until 2020, but campaigners say this is too little to deal with the likely surge in cases as welfare ‘reform’ rolls out. Martin Tett, the housing spokesman for the Local Government Association, said councils coping with homeless children alone were having to house the equivalent of an average secondary school every month. More.

TUC finds that 1 in 7 children of public sector workers will be in poverty by the end of this financial year 

TUC February 2018

1 in 7 children (550,000) with a parent working in the public sector will be living in poverty by the end of this financial year, according to new TUC analysis. The research shows that since 2010 an extra 150,000 children have been pushed below the breadline as a result of the government’s public sector pay restrictions and in-work benefit cuts. More.