Submission on benefit sanctions

June 2018

CPAG has submitted evidence to the Work and Pensions select committee on benefit sanctions, their impact, and how the regime could be improved. 

View our submission here.

CHILD POVERTY ACTION GROUP WELCOMES UNIVERSAL CREDIT CHANGES

7 June 2018

The DWP announced important new protections for some universal credit claimants

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CHILD POVERTY ACTION GROUP WELCOMES UNIVERSAL CREDIT CHANGES

June 7, 2018

CPAG warmly welcomes the Government’s  announcement  today that it will improve universal credit for some claimants moving over from legacy benefits including protecting those with severe disabilites from losses as they move to the new benefit .  But the charity urges comparable improvements for claimants with disabled children.

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Nora Uhrig of Equality and Human Rights Commission joins our panel at conference

5 June 2018

Nora Uhrig, Senior Associate - Scotland Programmes at the Equality and Human Rights Commission will join the panel at our conference in just a few weeks time. This afternoon plenary session; 'Social security: a human right being realised or under threat' will be chaired by BBC Scotland Special Correspondent Ken MacDonald.

Other panellists already announced; David Wallace of Social Security Agency Implementation at Scottish Government, Eleanor Deeming of Scottish Human Rights Commission and Carla Clarke of CPAG.

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120,000 families to benefit from new £100 national minimum school clothing grant

29 May 2018

CPAG in Scotland is delighted to welcome the new £100 national minimum school clothing grant in Scotland. We have been campaigning with One Parent Families Scotland, the Poverty Truth Commission and others over many years for a minimum level of grant.

Currently school clothing grants vary – from £50 to £110 – depending on where families live. Now, all eligible families, regardless of their local authority area, will have access to the same minimum level of financial support for school clothing.

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Minimum £100 school clothing grant welcomed by child poverty campaigners

 

John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, today (25/5/18) welcomed a new Scotland-wide minimum level of school clothing grant of £100. The Group have been campaigning with One Parent Families Scotland, the Poverty Truth Commission and others over many years for a minimum level of grant. Currently school clothing grants vary – from £50 to £110 – depending on where families live.

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UK child poverty gaps increasing again

May 2018

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There has always been a debate in the world of poverty measurement about whether we should be more concerned about poverty rates (the proportion below a poverty threshold) or poverty gaps (how far people in poverty are below the poverty threshold). Is it better for a country to have many children a little way below the poverty threshold or few children below the poverty threshold, but a long way below it?

Job Opportunity

24 May 2018

Project Officer: Cost of the School Day (Dundee)

(28 hours a week)

£31,761 - 35,104 pro rata

Fixed term 10 month contract

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Universal credit for lone parent students

This factsheet has information about universal credit for lone parents on a course of education in Scotland. The factsheet also includes brief information on help with childcare costs. It does not include information about entitlement to ‘legacy benefits.’