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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Do you like our new website?

7 June 2012

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

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A widening gap: trends in three social security benefits 2009-2018

This blog shows what has happened to the value of three important social security benefits since 2009 up to last year 2018. Results are presented for three benefits:

Course availability in March / April

19 March 2019

Some course availability on courses over the next few weeks at our training centre in Glasgow;

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It was 20 years ago today

In the words of the Sergeant Pepper song, ’It was twenty years ago today…’, on 18 March 1999, that the British government pledged to be the first to end child poverty in a generation. By 2010, there were 1.1 million fewer children in poverty. We proved once and for all that child poverty is policy-responsive, that it can be cut, and we were half way to showing it could be eliminated. Half-way, that is, to the target to get down to 10 per cent - a target we were on track to achieve by March 2020.

A 'proper meal’? Free school meals in Portugal and England

Lunch at the school canteen in Lisbon (left) and in London (right)


March 13, 2019

Child Poverty Action Group is dismayed that today’s Spring Statement has not brought an end to the freeze on working age benefits, despite cross-party calls for the policy to stop.

 Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

 “Struggling families are desperate for an end to the freeze on working age benefits, but this Spring Statement leaves them out in the cold once again. Already the freeze has saved the Treasury more than was ever intended, so there can be no ongoing justification for these ‘stealth cuts’ that mean that the poorest in society have borne the heaviest burden from paying off the deficit.

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Our Introduction to Welfare Rights training returns

13 March 2019

If you are starting off as a welfare rights adviser or need a good understanding of the benefits system, our Introduction to Welfare Rights 5-day training course is essential. This ever-popular course introduces you to the key resources and skills you need and takes you through the main benefits in detail. Also included is a complimentary copy of CPAG's Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook 2019/2020.

'Intro Week' returns on 13-17 May in Glasgow - book your place here.

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Natural migration in universal credit

March 2019

This new briefing looks at natural migration. Natural migration is the movement of people on to universal credit from other benefits when their circumstances change in a way which would normally create eligibility for a new claim for one of the benefits being replaced by universal credit, but instead creates eligibility for universal credit.