welfare reform

  • Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

    Issue 247 (August 2015)
    article

    The Welfare Reform and Work Bill was laid before parliament and given its first reading on 9 July 2015. The second reading took place on 21 July 2015 and CPAG will continue to lobby for amendments to the Bill as it progresses through parliament. Paul Treloar summarises the main points of the Bill.

  • Factsheets


    page

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

  • Welfare reform and carers


    factsheet

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

  • 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.

  • Discretionary housing payments policy note

    January 2015
    briefing

    This policy note considers the role that discretionary housing payments (DHPs) have played over the last four years in mitigating the impact of ‘welfare reform’. Specifically, it considers the extent to which DHPs have provided sufficient time and space for families to adapt to reduced levels of state support reducing risk of homelessness, as well as the role that DHPs have played protecting vulnerable groups from unlawful implementation of key provisions of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

  • Income maximisation for carers


    training course

    Becoming a carer of a disabled person often means a drop in household income. Carers may be thinking of leaving work or trying to combine work with care. This course covers the main benefits available for carers and explains how to maximise income through benefit checks. It will help you support clients in making decisions about what to claim in or out of work.

    Read more
  • Scottish Welfare Fund - effective applications

    Level: Standard

    training course

    This half-day course provides both a practical introduction to the fund and an overview of the tactics which make for an effective application. It explains when and how to make applications for DWP short-term benefit advances – often a preliminary step before a Scottish Welfare Fund application.

    Read more
    Dates:
  • 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 half-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
    Dates:
  • 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.

    Topics covered include:

    Read more
    Dates:
  • Benefit cuts: who is hurting?

    Issue 242 (October 2014)
    article

    Paul Treloar, Advice and Rights Manager at CPAG, describes recent research on the impact of benefit cuts.