Act now on Holyrood education and poverty report, campaigners urge

July 12, 2018

Responding today (12/7/18) to the publication of a hard hitting report from MSPs on reducing the attainment gap, John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

 
“This report makes quite clear that children growing up in families struggling on low incomes face real cost barriers that too often prevent them from getting the most out of what Scotland’s schools have to offer. The cost of school trips, classroom materials, school clothing and school meals all put pressure on hard pressed families and exclude children from learning opportunities.
 
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Job Opportunity - Project Officer: Cost of the School Day (Dundee)

24 May 2018

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with experience of working with young people to support schools, early years centres and other relevant agencies to take action to remove cost barriers to full participation at school.

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7 June 2012

We welcome your feedback on our new website - please take our short user survey.

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New training course date added due to demand

14 January 2019

Due to demand we've just added an extra date for our Universal credit - claimant responsibilities and sanctions course, to take place on 28 March in Glasgow course (17 January is now fully booked.)

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Universal credit: a new era?

Universal credit needs fixing. That’s certainly not the first time we’ve said that, but today the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Amber Rudd MP seemed to agree. At a Jobcentre in south London we got our first glimpse of what changes she has planned to make the benefit work better for everyone. Meanwhile, a couple of miles away the High Court announced that we had won our universal credit assessment period case. What do these two things mean for people claiming universal credit?

High Court finds DWP unlawful on universal credit assessments

11 January 2019

In a test case victory for a group of working lone mothers, the High Court found today that the way the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been assessing income from employment through its Universal Credit (UC) work assessment periods is unlawful. The judicial review case was brought by Child Poverty Action Group and solicitors Leigh Day. 

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HIGH COURT FINDS DWP UNLAWFUL ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT ASSESSMENTS

January 11, 2019

 

o DWP interpretation of universal credit regulations wrong

o Calculation methods “... lead to nonsensical situations…”

o DWP error meant “…severe cash-flow problems..” for claimants

 

In a test case victory for a group of working lone mothers, the High Court found today that the way the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been assessing income from employment through its Universal Credit (UC) work assessment periods is unlawful.

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Job vacancy: PA to CEO/Office Manager

9 January 2019

We are looking for an experienced PA to provide support to the Chief Executive. The role also involves office management, personnel responsibilities and assisting the Board of Trustees. Read more.

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Latest training and events ebulletin is available

8 January 2019

Start the year with a fresh look at your 2019 training needs! Our latest ebulletin about all things training and events is now live. Read it here. Remember to sign up for regular ebulletins straight to your inbox.

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Childcare costs in universal credit

December 2018

Using cases from our Early Warning System, this submission to the Work and Pensions Select Committee highlights issues parents face in claiming childcare costs through universal credit. One of the biggest issues is the fact that families have to pay for childcare upfront and wait weeks - or sometimes months for reimbursement. This can cause financial difficulty and in some cases makes taking up a job impossible. Strict and complicated rules around reporting costs also mean that some families inadvertently lose out on support. For some families the proportion of childcare costs they can claim through universal credit has in fact fallen compared with the legacy system.