CPAG wins breakthrough case as operation of late mandatory reconsideration scheme ruled unlawful

August 4, 2017

“… significant number of claimants… entitled to benefits not being paid them…”

The Upper Tribunal (UT) has today declared the Government’s restrictions on access to the social security appeals system to be unlawful, in a test case brought by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) The Tribunal’s decision enhances and protects the appeal rights of the hundreds of thousands of benefit claimants who each year seek to challenge refusals of benefit.

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Big jump in capped households

3 August 2017

Today's DWP figures show a huge rise in the number of families hit by the benefit cap -  7 in 10 are single parents with young children and most are not required to work.

See press release (Media Centre) for more...

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August 3, 2017

Government figures out today show a huge jump in the number of households hit by the benefit cap since it was lowered in November 2016, with many areas of the country seeing more than a threefold rise. 

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Are you ready for Universal Credit?

5 December 2017

To help you get to grips with universal credit we are running courses on the new benefit, and have a range of resources. View them here

UC rollout map Scotland thumbnail

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OUT NOW - Child Support Handbook 2017/2018

27 July 2017

For more information and to purchase your copy, click here

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Latest enewsletter

24 July 2017

Read our latest enewsletter which includes: Scottish social security powers update; benefit cap win; Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill; welfare reform - annual report to Scottish Parliament; universal credit regulations; and more.

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The effects of welfare reform: Sue’s story


Sue is part of Dole Animators – a group of people with experience of the social security system in the UK who work together to highlight the effects of welfare reform. Dole Animators have just produced a five point plan for a brighter future – their blueprint for addressing poverty and insecurity. Sue spoke at an event in Parliament last week about her experiences, and shares them here: 

BLOG: Tracking the impacts of welfare reform in Scotland

19 July 2017

Read Kirsty's blog here

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Tracking the impacts of welfare reform in Scotland

The Scottish Government has published its fourth and final annual report on the impacts of welfare reform in Scotland, looking back to reforms introduced since 2010 and looking ahead to 2020. The report focuses on the financial impacts of welfare reform which are expected to reduce annual spending in Scotland by £3.9 billion by 2020/21. The report is comprehensive in its findings in relation to the financial impacts but what does this mean for the families affected?

Welfare Rights Conference 2017: Full Workshops Announced

12 July 2017

The full workshops for our annual Welfare Rights Conference 2017 have been announced. For more information and to book your place, click here.

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