Policy and Government
At CAP we don’t want to just treat the symptoms of poverty; we also want to address the causes. That’s why we’re working tirelessly behind the scenes to shape and influence the policies that affect our clients. It means we get to speak on behalf of the vulnerable to the people with the power to change their lives. And our voice is growing louder.
Industry professionals seek our opinion on current issues, and our recommendations get heard in Parliament. Change is happening. Below are some of the ways in which we are fighting for justice amongst the country’s key decision-makers.
04 May 2016
Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) is conducting a review of the Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS), which is a formal debt solution for those living in Scotland who are able to make sustained repayments towards their debts. The review is focusing on changes introduced during 2013 and 2014. CAP has provided a response to express our concerns about some gaps in the protection DAS gives to debtors. Read the full response below. Read the full document here
26 February 2016
Today Dawn Butler MP’s petition calling for the government to take action to end the PrePay Rip Off hit 5,000 signatures with the support of CAP’s supporters. This milestone demonstrates the public support that exists for the campaign and echoes the concerns raised in CAP’s The poor pay more [link to capuk.org/poorpaymore] report. This comes as we continue to work with Dawn Butler MP to create momentum within government and the energy industry to bring a fairer deal for prepayment users.
Sign the petition here.
25 February 2016
As part of their ongoing work to improve outcomes for prepayment (PPM) customers, Ofgem is proposing to take action to reduce the impact of charges when a PPM is installed under warrant. The proposals show particular concern for customers in vulnerable situations and are welcome. We have responded to show support for the proposals but to highlight our concerns about whether smart meters will bring the resolution Ofgem predict and that the proposals do not address the wider issues affecting prepayment customers. Read our full response below.Read the full document here
18 February 2016
Following CAP raising that The poor pay more for their energy bills in parliament in December, we have teamed up with Dawn Butler MP’s PrePay Rip Off campaign to continue to call for a fairer deal for prepayment customers. People on prepayment meters (often the most poor and vulnerable) pay a shocking £226 more per year and many can't afford to heat their homes, their food or even wash! Today our supporters have been asked to show their support for our campaign by signing a petition to highlight the injustice of prepayment meters.
Dawn Butler MP for London Brent Central said; ‘It is great to be teaming up with CAP and I look forward to campaigning side by side. CAP’s excellent The poor pay more report highlights the hardship and inequality of this expensive form of energy supply and I will continue to fight for a better deal for those consumers who need it most.'
Sign the petition here
15 February 2016
The Money Advice Service (MAS) are an independent service set up by Government to help people manage their money. They have set out their plans for the next three years which include six strategic aims, ranging from helping more people to budget and save, to earlier and wider access to advice. CAP is already involved independently in many of these areas and have responded to support MAS’s priorities for the next year and also to highlight where our experience shows there is gaps in their plans. Read MAS’s 2016/17 Business Plan here and our full response below.Read the full document here