Early Warning System

  • Early Warning System


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    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.

  • What is the Early Warning System?


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    The Early Warning System (EWS) gathers information and case studies about the impact of welfare reform on children and families across Scotland.

    CPAG in Scotland set up the EWS to help us to get a better understanding of how changes to the benefit system like the introduction of universal credit, the benefit cap and changes to tax credit entitlement will affect the lives of children living in Scotland and their families.

    Information and anonymous case studies are being collected from:

  • Sign up to our Early Warning System newsletter


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  • Emerging themes


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    Themes emerging from detailed analysis of case studies submitted to the EWS

    Our quarterly reports include emerging themes and a look at the top ten issues arising through the case studies

  • Resources


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    Our Early Warning System project has produced the following resources based on their findings:

    What is welfare reform and how is it affecting families

  • Reducing child poverty before and after birth: information for midwives


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    CPAG in Scotland has developed a new resource and timeline for midwives highlighting some of the practical steps they can take to maximise a family’s income and increase financial security. These steps include:

  • EWS policy briefings


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    Administrative problems
    Briefings for Scottish Parliament
    Children service's planning
  • Early Warning System findings on the impacts of benefit sanctions: Implications for policy and practice in Scotland

    December 2015
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    Read our report on the sanctions cases received through the EWS and their implications for service planners and policy makers here.

  • Early Warning System policy update: Tax credits

    December 2015
    briefing

    The Early Warning System (EWS) is a framework which has been developed by Child Poverty Action Group (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. The latest policy bulletin focuses on tax credits.

  • Early Warning System seminar briefing: Devolved powers

    November 2015
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    Briefing in advance of CPAG in Scotland's Early Warning System, policy seminar: Using devolved powers to promote the health and wellbeing of children in Scotland.