What is the Early Warning System?

The Early Warning System (EWS) gathers information and case studies about the impact of welfare reform on children and families across Scotland.

CPAG in Scotland set up the EWS to help us to get a better understanding of how changes to the benefit system like the introduction of universal credit, the benefit cap and changes to tax credit entitlement will affect the lives of children living in Scotland and their families.

Information and anonymous case studies are being collected from:

  • Frontline workers including: welfare rights workers, housing officers and Early Years staff. Frontline workers submit evidence using our online case study collection system.
  • CPAG in Scotland’s second tier advice line for frontline advisers and support workers, training and events.
  • Research following 12 low income families over a number of years.

The information and case studies gathered are quickly analysed and disseminated to inform decision makers, service planners and third sector partners about the impacts of the benefit changes. This will ensure that the Scottish Government, MSPs, local authorities and other public bodies are well informed to respond and take action to mitigate some of the impacts.

Download our leaflet here.

Sign up to receive monthly updates about the EWS here.