welfare reform

  • Factsheet - Personal independence payment


    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.

  • Benefit cuts: who is hurting?

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

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

  • 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.

  • Universal credit and students

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Although universal credit (UC) is so far, in Scotland, introduced just for simple claims in the Inverness area, it is also being extended this Autumn to many parts of north west England. Once you are on it, you stay on it, including if you move to an area where it is not yet rolled out. So the chances of working with someone on UC are increasing.

    On UC, the benefit rules for students as we know them are swept away and new rules set up in their place.

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  • Bereavement benefit for the 21st century

    March 2012

    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.

    Topics covered include:

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  • 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.

  • A new poll tax?


    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


    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


    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.