Early Warning System

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 the UK. CPAG has a separate scheme in Scotland.

CPAG set up the EWS to help us to get a better understanding of how changes to the benefit system such as the introduction of universal credit, the benefit cap and the two child limit will affect the lives of children 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 EWS reporting form.
  • CPAG’s telephone advice line for frontline advisers and support workers, training and events.

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 government, MPs, local authorities and other public bodies are well informed and can take action to mitigate some of the impacts.

How you can get involved?

If you or any of your colleagues work with individuals and families who have been affected by changes to the benefit system, and you think that someone needs to know about their experience, then you should get involved.

Use the EWS report form to tell us about your case, we only ask for basic details and your client remains anonymous throughout.

If you would like to talk to us directly about your client’s experiences or discuss any aspect of the EWS, please call Dan Norris (welfare rights worker) on 020 7812 5226 or email ews@cpag.org.uk.

In return for your help you will receive:

  • Updates about the findings from the Early Warning System
  • Details about how the case studies have been used
  • Information about any changes that have arisen as a result of the Early Warning System

Above all, you will know that you are contributing to the development of policies and planning decisions which could make a big difference to lives and families you work with.