Work for CPAG

8 May 2017

We're recruiting a Welfare Rights Adviser to take forward our new early warning system project. More details here.

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Election 2017 manifesto


We entered this general election campaign with child poverty at 4 million, projected to rise to 5.1 million by the end of the next parliament (assuming it’s a five-year term). The next government must get to grips with the underlying causes of poverty to make sure all children have a great start in life – and the opportunity to thrive. We have set out the practical steps politicians can take after 8 June to tackle child poverty.

Election 2017 manifesto

May 2017

Today, children are already twice as likely to be poor as pensioners. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, child poverty is set to soar to 5.1 million children by 2022 – a 42 per cent rise over ten years.

Unless we tackle the underlying causes of poverty, more and more children will grow up without the essentials every child needs to thrive.

Child poverty costs the country around £30 billion a year. Making sure every child gets a fair chance in life is the right thing to do and the smartest investment the new government can make.

Child Poverty campaigners welcome commitment to a national social security agency to deliver Scottish benefits

April 27, 2017


Responding to Minister for Social Security Jeane Freeman’s statement to the Scottish Parliament on a national social security agency today, John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland said,

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Sponsor us in the London Legal Walk

27 April 2017

On 22 May 2017 we will be walking 10km with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for free legal advice centres.  Please sponsor us!

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Early Warning System report: Universal Credit Full Service Roll Out

26 April 2017

This report is based on findings from our Early Warning System cases and what they tell us about the impact of ‘full service’ universal credit.

We’ve gathered evidence of several difficulties faced by claimants - from problems claiming to long waits. We are calling on the next UK Government, the Scottish Government and local authorities to implement our recommended solutions.

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Updated FREE online Benefits for Students in Scotland Handbook

26 April 2017

Our Benefits for Students in Scotland Handbook is the most comprehensive guide to benefits and tax credits for students in Scotland. 

The FREE online version of this Handbook has been updated with the new April 2017 benefit rates and other changes.

It is an invaluable resource for anyone who advises students in Scotland.

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Briefing for MSPs - Cuts to Child Tax Credits Debate Tuesday 25th April 2017

April 2017

Read this briefing for MSPS on the Cuts to Child Tax Credits debate in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 25th April 2017. 

Welfare rights in the age of universal credit


This week we publish our latest Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook – indispensable for those advisers and frontline workers who need comprehensive, up-to-date information and, crucially, the relevant law to challenge decisions.