SLAB Recruitment Opportunity

6 August 2018

Are you an experienced housing or benefits adviser, supervisor or trainer interested in making a difference?

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New report on monthly assessment in universal credit

6 August 2018

Our new report 'Rough justice' documents the problems caused by monthly assessment of pay and circumstances in universal credit, based on cases from our Early Warning System, and proposes solutions. 

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Universal credit assessment system is leaving claimants out of pocket

August 6, 2018

Working people claiming universal credit are having their benefits capped when they shouldn’t be, and losing the effects of ‘work allowances’ worth up to £258 per month simply because of the dates on which their paydays and universal credit 'assessment periods' happen to fall, new evidence from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows. Last month the Work and Pensions Secretary acknowledged the need to look at “ … payment cycles for those in work.” (3)

 In the worst cases workers are losing hundreds of pounds each year simply because their paydays clash with the monthly 'assessment periods' in universal credit (UC). Far from offering much-vaunted simplicity, universal credit rules leave many workers unable to predict what their payments will be from one month to the next. People who happen to move house at the ‘wrong’ point in their assessment period can also lose hundreds of pounds in help with rent.

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Latest tax credits and early years ebulletin available

31 July 2018

The July 2018 edition of CPAG in Scotland's Tax Credits and Early Years ebulletin is available.

Read up on pension credits for children, tax credits stats, overpayments and self-employed and much more. Sign up for the ebulletins here.

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Sea Gals - youngest team to swim channel - raise £5000

26 July 2018

Six girls from East London - Amelie Noor, Eve Napier, Grace Radford, Lucy Sims, Ruby Greer and Sasha Vinnicombe - successfully swam the English Channel from Dover to Cap Gris-Nez near Calais on 19 July. The 'Sea Gals' became the youngest female relay team to complete the challenge, in 13 hours and 23 minutes, raising over £5,000 for CPAG.

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Job Opportunity:

25 July 2018

Policy and Parliamentary Officer (Scotland)

(35 hours a week, with flexibility to offer part time hours)

£31,761 – £35,104

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with experience of developing and promoting evidence based policy solutions, a track record of working with policy makers and a strong desire to help end child poverty.

For more information and a job pack click here.

Closing date for applications is 9am, Friday 24th August 2018.

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Job opportunities

25 July 2018

We're recruiting an Elearning Developer (Scotland), Head of Advice & Rights (London), Policy and Parliamentary Officer (Scotland), Welfare Rights Workers (London and Scotland) and Justice First Fellow/Trainee Solicitor (London). More information.

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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.

More from Poverty 160

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.