welfare reform

  • Local welfare assistance schemes


    Your local welfare assistance scheme (LWAS) can help you if you are in urgent need following an emergency or unforeseen event and have no other source of help. The schemes are run by local councils and they vary. You may be able to get vouchers to pay for food, fuel or clothing or bigger basic living items such as beds, cookers and fridges. You can’t usually get cash.

    Note: CPAG cannot give advice to members of the public and does not process applications for LWAS payments. Advisers can contact our advice line.

  • EWS policy briefings

    Administrative problems
    Briefings for Scottish Parliament
    Children service's planning
  • 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.

  • Welcome to the Early Warning System newsletter: September 2015


    What is the Early Warning System?

    With welfare reform expected to drive up to 100,000 more children into child poverty by 2020, CPAG in Scotland set up the Early Warning System (EWS) to gather information and case studies about the impact of welfare reform on children and families across 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.

  • Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

    Issue 247 (August 2015)

    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


    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


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

  • 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.

  • Discretionary housing payments policy note

    January 2015

    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.