welfare reform

  • Bereavement benefit for the 21st century

    March 2012
    briefing

    CPAG responded to the government's consultation on bereavement benefit. We are strongly opposed to the abolition of widows parents allowance (WPA).

  • Welfare reform and young people


    training course

    Welfare reform is affecting anyone who has to claim benefits. This course aims to cover the practical impact of the reforms on young people claiming benefits. It will help you to advise young people from the age of 16 on entitlement whether in or looking for work, in training or education, sick or disabled. It also looks at the impact universal credit will have when introduced.

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  • Welfare rights resources


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    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.

  • A new poll tax?


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    In April 2013 the national system of Council Tax Benefit was devolved to local authorities, along with a 10 per cent funding cut. While several London boroughs have found the additional savings needed to bridge this cut in funding, the majority have introduced a Minimum Payment.

  • Welfare reform in-house training


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    We have a range of expert training on welfare reforms to help frontline staff support clients already coping with benefit problems and to get ready for changes still ahead.

    We can help design a training package for your organisation. Choose from a wide range of options covering all areas of welfare reform, from basic level training to more detailed training for those with a working knowledge of the benefits system.

  • Families on the brink: welfare reform in London


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    London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK. This means that the capital has been hit particularly hard by changes to the benefits system, particularly cuts to housing benefit. London households have lost almost £7 per week more than the average UK household.

  • Factsheet - Personal independence payment


    factsheet

    This factsheet explains the new benefit that started to replace disability living allowance for working age claimants from April 2013.

    The information in this factsheet is relevant UK-wide.

  • Parliamentary briefing on 'welfare cap' and Charter for Budgetary Responsiblity

    March 2014
    briefing

    At the Budget in March 2014, the government announced it would be amending the Charter for Budgetary Responsibility to implement a new 'welfare cap' policy.

  • Welfare reform and carers


    factsheet

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

  • Dealing with destitution

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Increasingly advisers are faced with clients who have been left destitute due to a problem with their benefits. This course will cover issues that frequently cause clients to be left without any income and focus on the practical steps advisers can take to get their clients benefits in payment.

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