From Lizzie at CPAG <[email protected]>
Subject CPAG newsletter: coronavirus and families
Date May 4, 2020 4:27 PM
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News from CPAG

CORONAVIRUS
We welcome the financial support the government has made available during the
coronavirus crisis, but children have been left out. Many families with children
are struggling to make ends meet. We are:

* pushing for a £10 increase to child benefit
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* calling for the two-child limit [[link removed]] and benefit cap
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* pushing for families to be given cash rather than the problematic online voucher system to replace free school
meals
* working with other organisations to campaign for a Coronavirus Emergency Income Support Scheme
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* publishing regular briefings from our Early Warning System on the problems advisers are
seeing in the social security system at this time
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* giving advice to advisers through AskCPAG.
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If you're a frontline adviser, you can share your clients' experiences (without
any personal details) of the social security system through our Early Warning System
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SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES OF SCHOOL CLOSURES
While schools are closed due to the coronavirus, councils and schools across the
UK are putting measures in place to support families facing difficult financial circumstances. CPAG’s
UK Cost of the School Day team wants to understand what is working well for
children, parents and carers living in low-income households, in order to inform
our recommendations to decision-makers. If you’re a parent or carer with
school-age children, or know other parents or carers who would like to share
their experience:

Click here for the survey for parents and carers
[www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3Q2KL6F]We also want to hear from children:

Click here for the survey for pupils [www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3QJ3VBJ]Please share these surveys with others who might like to contribute.

THE IMPACT OF SCHOOL CLOSURES IN WALES
Our Cost of the School Day development manager in Wales Ellie Harwood has
blogged on the impact of school closures on children living in poverty.

Read Ellie's blog
[[link removed]]BRILLIANT SUPPORTERS TAKE ON THE 2.6 CHALLENGE
We are grateful to every supporter who took on the 2.6 challenge at the end of
April, raising an impressive £1,120!

Supporter Lynne got creative and made 26 child figurines out of clay (with each
going to the first 26 people to donate) raising £150. Mason Advisory kindly
chose us along with four other charities to benefit from their staff
fundraising, with activities ranging from running 26km to holding 26 yoga poses
for 2 mins 6 seconds each. Their efforts have so far raised £476.

From the CPAG team: head of fundraising Toral got the whole family involved in a
26-mile bike ride (see photo), rowing 26 miles on their rowing machine and made
26 donations to worthy causes; Naomi our director of business ran her own
fundraiser with friends and family; and campaigns officer Lizzie went for a
2.6-mile stroll with her family. Together they raised £433!

A tremendous thank you to everyone who took on a challenge or donated. The money
raised will make a huge difference to our work supporting struggling families.

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