Moving considerably faster than an advancing glacier, from February of this year, Universal Credit is extending its reach and grasp to cover more groups in greater depth, in more parts of Scotland.
Depending on who you are, you may be viewing its stately progress with anxiety or scepticism. You may feel optimistic about its potential to reduce poverty. Regardless of which camp you belong to, we hope to hear more from you about your experiences over the coming months through the advice line, by email or the Early Warning System.
Turning principles into practicalities
Translating political commitments into practical realities was a theme which dominated many of the contributions to CPAG in Scotland’s annual conference.
Navigating the complexities of the forthcoming Scottish social security system can seem a daunting prospect, even to a room full of welfare rights advisers well versed in benefits regulations, but the contributions of panellists and participants helped unpick some of the challenges which lie ahead.
What does the independence referendum mean for the future of social security? And for the rights workers and other frontline staff that advise and support low income families? These were the questions being fiercely debated at CPAG in Scotland’s annual welfare rights conference earlier this month.
At the very start of the day over 150 frontline advice workers attending the conference were asked for their views.
In this, one of two guest blogs outlining why a Yes or No vote is in the best interest of ending child poverty in Scotland, Cailean Gallagher, a contributing author to Poverty in Scotland 2014: the independence referendum and beyond, makes the case for the Yes campaign.