CPAG in Scotland Response to the Expert Working Group on Welfare
CPAG believes that the high level purpose of the benefits system, wherever social security powers lie, should be to eradicate and prevent future poverty by redistributing resources from rich to poor and from those most capable of creating wealth and realising their rights and freedoms to those least able to do so.
In essence, this means the social security system should redistribute from rich to poor, from those able to work to those unable to do so and from those without children to those raising a family. Social security should also help individuals distribute wealth throughout their own lifecycle, ensuring that the wealth they create during their working lives contributes to the support they require during times of unemployment, childrearing, disability and/or old age.
Read our response to the Expert Working Group on Welfare's call for evidence here.