child poverty

  • Revised Benefit Cap

    Last updated: January 11, 2018
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     R (DS and Others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

    On 9 March 2017, CPAG issued a claim for judicial review in the High Court against the Secretary of State for Work and Pension (SSWP) to challenge the legality of the lowered benefit cap as it applies to lone parents.  The case will be heard on 26 and 27 March 2018. (An earlier hearing date of 16 and 17 January 2018 was adjourned pending the Court of Appeal giving its decision in DA, as to which see further below). 

    CPAG is acting on behalf of two single mothers who are affected by the cap due to their caring responsibilities. One of the claimants has children with significant health needs while the other has previously fled domestic violence.

  • Introduction to child poverty and financial help for families

    Level: Basic

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    Many more children in Scotland will be living in poverty by 2020. This half-day course looks at why this is and which families are likely to be most affected. Participants will be encouraged to consider the steps they can take in their own roles to prepare for the predicted increase in child poverty and make a practical difference to families.


    The course covers:

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  • Moving to The London Living Wage: A Guide for Local Authorities in London


    This is a practical, comprehensive guide from CPAG and the Living Wage Foundation, which aims to help local authorities in London become accredited Living Wage employers.

    The guide explains:

  • Early Warning System


    The Early Warning System (EWS) was set up by CPAG in Scotland to collect and analyse case evidence about how welfare changes are affecting the wellbeing of children, their families and the communities and services that support them.

    To date over 3,000 case studies have been gathered from frontline workers, including welfare rights advisors, housing officers and support workers.

  • Refugee children – Disability Living Allowance – past presence test

    Last updated: May 24, 2017
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    Update 09/09/2016: the DWP has now issued guidance, DMG Memo 20/16 and ADM Memo 21/16, confirming that it will not be appealing against the Upper Tribunal decision and that the past presence test is no longer applicable to claims for disability living allowance, personal independence payment, attendance allowance or carer's allowance.

  • Scotland Welfare Rights Conference



    Annual Conference: Welfare Rights 2017

    We held our annual Welfare Rights Conference on Friday 19 May 2017 in Glasgow. You can catch up on the key themes discussed, in this blog post by Policy and Parliamentary Officer, Jenny Duncan.

    Keynote speakers

  • Abolishing hunger among children in the UK

    Issue 153 (Winter 2016)

    We will all have woken up this morning knowing there are children in this country who went to bed last night on an empty stomach. We also know that a large number of those children will have taken that hunger with them to school. This is the most crushing finding from a recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger, examining the extent, causes and changing dynamics of hunger among families in the UK. With the reliance on food banks on the increase, the Group’s Chair, Frank Field, and the report’s author, Andrew Forsey, summarise the evidence received and present some potential solutions.

  • Campaigning on child poverty: the New Zealand experience

    Issue 153 (Winter 2016)

    New Zealand is traditionally regarded as a quiet, safe, egalitarian country with nothing in it more dangerous than a few hobbits. The reality, however, is that between the mid-1980s and the mid-2000s, it experienced the biggest increase in the gap between the rich and the rest of any developed country. The result is that, as the economy has delivered a growing share of national income to the rich, there has been relatively little for the rest to share. Levels of poverty, and child poverty in particular, have increased dramatically in the last 30 years. Here, Max Rashbrooke assesses the impact of New Zealand’s Child Poverty Action Group and other campaigners working to reverse this trend, and uncovers some familiar issues.

  • Welcome to the Early Warning System newsletter: September 2015


    What is the Early Warning System?

    With welfare reform expected to drive up to 100,000 more children into child poverty by 2020, CPAG in Scotland set up the Early Warning System (EWS) to gather information and case studies about the impact of welfare reform on children and families across Scotland.