Universal Credit: response to Secretary of State’s speech

October 2, 2017

In response to David Gauke's Conservative party speech, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

"We've been calling for some time for information on advance payments to be proactively offered to families with children. It doesn't make sense to pretend that having no income for 6 weeks won't harm them. If that's now going to happen then that's welcome.

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Response to Consultation on Socio Economic Duty

September 2017

CPAG in Scotland recently responded to the Scottish Government's Consultation on the Socio Economic Duty.

The proposed socio-economic duty asks particular public authorities to do more to tackle the inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage.

You can read the consultation response here.

Multidimensional poverty is higher among adolescents in Scotland and Wales than in England


A new article in Child Indicators Research (behind a paywall) ranks 38 high and middle income countries, mostly in Europe, on a measure of multidimensional poverty among children aged 11, 13 and 15 years old. The study uses data from the 2013/14 Health Behaviour in School-age Children (HBSC) survey. It gives regional breakdowns for Belgium and Great Britain, showing clear divides among the regions and nations within these two states.

Widowed parents’ allowance and non-married couples

Last updated: May 10, 2018

Under current benefit legislation widowed parent’s allowance (WPA) is payable to the surviving spouse or civil partner of a deceased person in respect of their children, provided the deceased paid sufficient national insurance contributions. Where a couple were not lawfully married prior to the death of one of them, they do not qualify for WPA even though they may have been cohabiting for many years or been through a religious marriage ceremony which was not subsequently registered.

Navigating migrants' rights in the shadow of Brexit


This guest blog is from Rebecca Walker, author of the immigration and residence chapters of the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook, lead author of the Benefits for Migrants Handbook and architect of the Right to Reside Flowchart Poster.

Notes from Seminar for Child Poverty Leads on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill.

April 2017

This report sets out the key points from the Seminar for Local Authority Child Poverty Leads on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill.

The outcomes from the Seminar were fed into CPAG Scotland's response to the Child Poverty Bill at Stage One and influenced support for amendments lodged at Stage Two.

Child poverty campaigners welcome Public Health experts 'call to action'

September 20, 2017

"Living wages, progressive taxation and investment in social security vital to reducing poverty and protecting children's health and well being" say child poverty campaigners

The Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, welcomed today's (20/09/17) launch of a 'call to action' on Scotland's health inequalities from the Faculty of Public Health. The public health experts make clear the need to use all of Scotland's tax and benefit levers to address the poverty that underpins health inequalities.

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The Social Security (Scotland) Bill

Issue 259 (August 2017)

Kirsty McKechnie and Jenny Duncan describe an important step towards primary legislation regarding benefits in Scotland.

UC earnings and problems

Issue 259 (August 2017)

David Simmons describes some of the issues when a claimant is paid twice during a universal credit (UC) monthly assessment period.

From ESA to UC

Issue 259 (August 2017)

Simon Osborne looks at the rules regarding claimants ‘migrating’ from employment and support allowance (ESA) to universal credit (UC).