welfare reform

  • Factsheets


    We have produced factsheets on a wide range of topics, concentrating particularly on problem areas. You can view and print all our factsheets below. We have printed copies of several of our factsheet titles, to request printed copies please email acarr@cpagscotland.org.uk with your contact details and which titles you would like.

  • Scotland Welfare Rights Conference


    Annual Conference: Welfare Rights 2017

    Friday 19 May 2017, 10am - 4pm

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

    2017 will see new child poverty and social security bills coming before the Scottish Parliament – which will have huge significance for all those advising and supporting families.

  • Welfare reform and carers


    This factsheet describes how welfare reform changes might affect you if you care for a disabled person in Scotland.

  • Universal credit and students

    Level: Standard

    training course

    With the introduction of universal credit, the benefit rules for students as we know them are swept away and new rules set up in their place. This full-day course explains which students will be able to claim universal credit and how student funding will affect the amount they get.

    The course covers:

    • An overview of universal credit
    • Who is a full-time student for universal credit
    • Which students can claim
    • The interaction with Scottish student funding
    Read more
  • Welfare rights resources


    CPAG in Scotland has a wide range of information and resources on benefits and tax credits. See our ebulletins and Scottish Handbooks below, or visit our factsheets page.

    Are you an adviser looking for our advice line number? See our Help for Advisers page.

  • Welfare reform: the impact on families in Scotland


    This factsheet is a summary of the cuts announced so far, and their impact on families in Scotland.

  • Factsheet - Personal independence payment


    This factsheet explains the benefit that replaced disability living allowance (DLA) for new working age claimants from 2013. Existing working age DLA claimants are currently being transferred to personal independence payment.

    The information in this factsheet is relevant UK-wide.

  • DHPs – principle and practice

    Issue 250 (February 2016)

    Gwyneth King considers the role of discretionary housing payments (DHPs) in mitigating some of the effects of cuts contained in welfare reform measures.

  • EWS policy briefings

    Administrative problems
    Briefings for Scottish Parliament
    Children service's planning
  • Early Warning System


    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.

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