Legal Support Project launched

Issue 263 (April 2018)

Eirwen Pierrot of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) describes its Legal Support Project. The project launched in September 2017 and provides funding for legal representatives in England and Wales in claims concerning discrimination in education, housing or social security. In Scotland, the project is able to provide funding for legal representatives acting in Equality Act 2010 claims concerning education, housing and the provision of services.

PIP and psychological distress

Issue 263 (April 2018)

The DWP is reviewing personal independence payment (PIP) decisions, following a High Court decision that found changes to mobility descriptors in March 2017 unlawfully discriminated against claimants with mental health problems.

Two-child limit: one year on

Issue 263 (April 2018)

Kirsty McKechnie sets out what CPAG’s Early Warning System has been learning about the first year of the operation of the ‘two-child limit’ in means-tested benefits.

Response to call for evidence on Scotland's national outcomes

April 2018

CPAG in Scotland submitted a brief response to the Local Government and Communities Committee's call for evidence on the Scottish Government's revised national outcomes. 

UC - Full Service - NEW COURSE DATE ADDED

2 May 2018

Due to demand we have released an additional course date for Universal Credit - full service (23 May is fully booked.) The one-day long training will take place 7 June in Glasgow and booking is open now!

 

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Douglas Hamilton, of the Poverty and Inequality Commission Confirmed for our Welfare Rights Conference

30 April 2018

Keynote Speaker Douglas Hamilton, Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission in Scotland will join Angela Constance MSP and CPAG Scotland Director John Dickie for the morning plenary session, Setting the Scene at our conference on 22 June in Glasgow.

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Child Poverty Action Group wins more exemptions to two-child rule

April 27, 2018

Child Poverty Action Group welcomes today’s announcement from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions that all children who are adopted will not be taken into account for the purposes of the two-child limit in tax credits and universal credit. But the charity urged the Secretary of State to go further and ensure that all children born as a result of non-consensual sex are also not taken into account for the purposes of the two-child limit.

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Angela Constance MSP confirmed for our Welfare Rights Conference 2018

25 April 2018

Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities at Scottish Government, Angela Constance MSP, is confirmed as a keynote speaker during our morning session at our annual welfare rights conference in Glasgow on 22 June.

For our afternoon plenary session, our keynote speakers are:

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High court finds ordering rule for two-child limit exception 'perverse'

25 April 2018

The High Court has ruled that one of the Government’s key welfare reform policies, the two-child rule for tax credits and universal credit, is in part unlawful.

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Briefing in advance of Stage 3 of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill

April 2018

The Social Security (Scotland) Bill is fundamental to the shape and direction of the new Scottish social security system. This briefing highlights key amendments that could strengthen the Bill at Stage 3 and other key issues we believe need to be addressed in debate.