welfare reform

  • Two child limit challenge

    Last updated: October 17, 2017
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    Update - 17 October 2017 - permission has been granted for CPAG to apply for judicial review of the two child limit and the case will now go forward to a full hearing.

    On 18 August 2017 CPAG issued a claim for judicial review in the High Court against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (SSWP) to challenge the two child limit, introduced by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016.

    On 6 April 2017, new rules came into force limiting the child element of child tax credit (CTC) and universal credit (UC) awards to two children. In CTC, this limit only applies to a third or subsequent child born on or after 6 April 2017; in UC the limit applies from 6 April 2017 (irrespective of when the child was born) though transitional protection applies to third or subsequent children born before 6 April 2017. There are a limited number of exceptions to this 2 child limit meaning that it does not apply to a third or subsequent child in the following circumstances: multiple births, adoption from local authority care, kinship care and children likely to have been conceived as a result of rape or a coercive or controlling relationship.

  • Early Warning System


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    The Early Warning System (EWS) was set up by 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.

  • Factsheet - Personal independence payment


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    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.

    A separate factsheet reproduces the personal independence payment assessment criteria. You can find it here.

  • Welfare reform: the impact on families in Scotland


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

  • Factsheets


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    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


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    Annual Conference: Welfare Rights 2017

    We held our annual Welfare Rights Conference on Friday 19 May 2017 in Glasgow. You can catch up on the key themes discussed, in this blog post by Policy and Parliamentary Officer, Jenny Duncan.

    Keynote speakers

  • Welfare reform and carers


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    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

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    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
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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.

  • DHPs – principle and practice

    Issue 250 (February 2016)
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    Gwyneth King considers the role of discretionary housing payments (DHPs) in mitigating some of the effects of cuts contained in welfare reform measures.