It is CPAG’s goal to help policy makers and politicians see the need to reform the welfare system towards one that is based on principles of compassion and caring, and the real needs of families, without stressful over-emphasis on work, and punitive, corrective methods.
CPAG’s Welfare Fit for Families campaign asks the Government to consider policy changes that will improve income adequacy, including:
- Substantially improving core benefits;
- Removing harsh sanctions that impact on children;
- Ensuring that all benefits and all part of Working for Families (WFF) are indexed annually to prices and wages;
- Removing the hours of paid work criteria from the WFF In-Work Tax Credit and extending it to all low-income families;
- Treating adults in the benefit system as individuals without penalising them for being in a partnership;
- Focusing on what will give children better outcomes and less on moving their carers into paid work; and
- Ensuring that applicants receive all the assistance to which they are entitled.