• Benefits for disabled students


    If you are a full-time student with a long-term illness or disability you may be able to stay on benefits while you are studying.

    This factsheet explains the rules allowing you to do so. There are no special rules for part-time students, so if you are claiming benefits because of disability or illness and start studying part-time, then as long as you continue to satisfy the rules for those benefits, your benefits can continue.

  • Disability Assistance consultation - Changes of circumstances briefing


    In response to the Scottish Government's consultation on Disability Assistance, CPAG have produced a briefing on changes of circumstance. This should be read alongside questions 21 to 28 of the consultation. 

  • Scottish government consultation on disability assistance policy paper

    May 2019

    As part of CPAG’s response to the consultation on disability assistance CPAG in Scotland has produced a paper looking at how existing rights can be built into the Scottish system.

  • Disability assistance


    Personal independence payment, disability living allowance and attendance allowance will transfer to the Scottish Government. When they transfer, you'll continue to get benefit but if you live in Scotland it will be paid by Social Security Scotland, the new agency to deliver Scottish benefits. The Scottish Government plans to make changes to how these benefits operate as it develops the new disability assistance.


    June 2018       Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018

  • Universal credit and disabled students

    Issue 261 (December 2017)

    Angela Toal describes a problem and some possible solutions regarding disabled students attempting to claim universal credit.

  • Refusal to accept late mandatory reconsideration requests

    Last updated: September 25, 2017
    test case

    Update - 25 September 2017 - on 4 August 2017 a three-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal decided that, where a claimant makes a mandatory reconsideration request at any time within 13 months of the original decision, s/he will, if dissatisfied, subsequently be entitled to appeal to a First-tier Tribunal.

  • Disability Rights Handbook


    Disability Rights Handbook

    Price £33.50 
    336 pages  ISBN 978 1 903335 68 0

  • 60 years of the welfare state

    Issue 130 (Summer 2008)
    The welfare state at 60

    Paul Dornan considers the up and downs of social change since 1948, championing the need for a renewed sense of purpose in social policy research.

  • Autumn Statement creates new rationing system for children, working families and disabled people

    December 5, 2013
    press release

    Responding to today’s Autumn Statement, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “Today’s Autumn Statement creates a new income rationing system for children, working families and disabled people through a national cap on their basic support.

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  • CPAG responds to the Autumn Statement

    5 December 2013

    We have criticised the Chancellor's Autumn Statement for rationing support for children, working families and disabled people through a national cap on social security.

    See our full reaction in the CPAG press statement.

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