universal credit

  • Universal credit and students


    This factsheet explains the rules for students claiming universal credit in Scotland.

  • Two-child limit: one year on

    Issue 263 (April 2018)

    Kirsty McKechnie sets out what CPAG’s Early Warning System has been learning about the first year of the operation of the ‘two-child limit’ in means-tested benefits.

  • Scotland Welfare Rights Conference 2018

    lecture hall
    Annual Conference: Welfare Rights
    Friday 22 June 2018, 9.30am – 4pm

    University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre,
    99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD

  • Briefing for the appearance of Esther McVey before the Social Security Committee Meeting

    April 2018

    The Scottish Parliament's Social Security Committee will hear from the Right Hon Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on Monday 16th April. This briefing, prepared in advance of the meeting, provides an overview of findings on universal credit from CPAG in Scotland's Early Warning System for January to March 2018. 

  • Universal credit: defective claims and withdrawals

    Issue 262 (February 2018)

    Martin Williams looks at when a ‘claim’ for universal credit (UC) might not result in the claimant transferring to UC from current awards of legacy benefits.

  • Universal credit changes now and then

    Issue 262 (February 2018)

    The Autumn Budget and associated announcements herald a number of important changes in universal credit (UC), described here by Simon Osborne.

  • Seminar - Universal credit and paying for housing – challenging issues



    Manchester – Wednesday 28 March 
    London – Thursday 29 March
    Time: 12:00 - 16:30

    The transition to universal credit transforms the system under which people on low incomes receive support from the state to pay their rent. Whilst social landlords have had some success in pushing for changes to both the rules of this system and also how the system is administered, many issues remain.

  • Prisoners and universal credit


    Your universal credit is affected if you are in prison. This factsheet describes how it can be affected if you or your partner are remanded in custody or serve a prison sentence. It provides information on what happens to your universal credit if you get a community-based sentence, and what happens when you are released from prison.

  • Universal Credit, disability and transitional protection

    Last updated: February 12, 2018
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    R (TD, AD and IM) v SSWP CO/590/2018

    On 8 February 2018, CPAG issued a claim for permission to apply for judicial review on behalf of two households, each with a person with a disability, challenging the lack of transitional protection or, alternatively, the inability to return to legacy benefits once an award for universal credit has been made in circumstances where the DWP makes a decision terminating an individual’s award of a legacy benefit, which is subsequently shown to have been a wrong decision and is overturned, and the individual is financially worse off under UC.