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

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Fair Shares and Families study

Issue 160 (summer 2018)

Here, Gill Main describes a new study, looking at how resources are shared in families and how children economise in order to save money, meet their own needs and minimise the stress on their parents.

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The impact of welfare reform on housing security

July 2018

Welfare reforms underway since 2010 will reduce social security spending by £27 billion a year by 2021, and reach into most aspects of financial support for working-age adults and children. These deep cuts hit the poorest places hardest, and disproportionately affect lone parents and disabled people. Several key reforms particularly affect the affordability of social rents, despite the fact that the provision of social housing has been described as the most redistributive and poverty-reducing aspect of the welfare state.

‘You can’t live on thin air’: the wait for universal support

Issue 160 (summer 2018)

The impact of the transition to universal credit is only just beginning to be felt. By the end of 2018, all job centres across the UK will be processing claimants in the new system, and by 2022 all existing eligible claimants still on the legacy benefits will have been migrated to the new system – 12 million households.

Editorial: Poverty 160

Issue 160 (summer 2018)

New poverty figures show that child poverty has risen for the third year in a row, to 4.1 million (after housing costs). And analysis by the University of York shows that families in poverty are now more than £60 a week below the poverty line on average, compared with just over £50 10 years ago. This ‘poverty gap’ has increased most starkly since 2012, when the first round of this decade’s welfare reforms started to take real effect.

CPAG legal action leads to full arrears for disabled claimants

July 18, 2018

Child Poverty Action Group welcomes the Work and Pensions Secretary’s announcement today that arrears for up to 70,000 disabled people who were underpaid when they were moved from incapacity benefit (IB) to employment and support allowance (ESA) will be backdated to the date that they moved to ESA. The announcement follows legal action from CPAG which challenged the Department’s original decision to limit backdating of the arrears to 2014, the date of a tribunal decision.

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Job opportunity

13 July 2018

Welfare Rights Worker (Scotland)

28 hours per week

£35,104 (pro rata)

CPAG in Scotland is looking for an experienced welfare rights adviser to join the team in Glasgow delivering benefits and tax credits advice, information and training to staff working in frontline services across Scotland.

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