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28 June 2017

Read our latest Tax Credits and Early Years ebulletin which includes: free school meals and free childcare; statistics; Q&A; and caselaw.

Read our latest Students and Benefits ebulletin which includes: UC full service roll-out; claiming benefit in the summer vacation; and UC & FE bursary.

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GOVERNMENT LOSES BENEFIT CAP TEST CASE: CPAG RESPONSE

June 22, 2017

Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group:

 “In exposing the absurdity and cruelty of the benefit cap, we hope this case is the beginning of the end for this nasty policy. It is a policy that punishes the vulnerable for being vulnerable and even fails on its own terms.

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Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill - Stage Two Briefing Note

June 2017

This briefing note was sent to members of the Scottish Social Security Committee ahead of the Stage Two consideration of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill on Thursday 22 June.

MEDIA RELEASE: ‘Principles must now be reflected in detail of the legislation’ say child poverty campaigners as first Social Security (Scotland) Bill published

21 June 2017

“The principle of social security as an investment in the people of Scotland and the recognition that social security is a human right are very welcome, as are the commitments Ministers have already made to boost support for carers and young children, but it is absolutely vital that those principles and early improvements are clearly reflected in the legislation as a whole. ...

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‘Principles must now be reflected in detail of the legislation’ say child poverty campaigners as first Social Security (Scotland) Bill published

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) today responded to the publication of Scotland’s first social security bill.

John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland, said

“The principle of social security as an investment in the people of Scotland and the recognition that social security is a human right are very welcome, as are the commitments Ministers have already made to boost support for carers and young children, but it is absolutely vital that those principles and early improvements are clearly reflected in the legislation as a whole.

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QUEEN’S SPEECH: CHILD POVERTY ACTION GROUP RESPONSE

June 21, 2017
  • Welcome shelving of plans to cut universal free school meals
  • No plans for tackling rising child poverty, despite promise to tackle ‘burning injustice’ of poverty
  • Urgent need for a coherent social justice agenda

Alison Garnham, Chief Executive:

“We welcome the commitments to strengthen rights at work and the minimum wage for over 25-year-olds, but this is a Queen's Speech conspicuous for what it doesn’t mention and suggests the Government is missing a serious and coherent social justice agenda.

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ESA – limited capability to claim?

Issue 258 (June 2017)

Employment support allowance (ESA) stops in certain situations, including where the claimant does not have limited capability for work (LCW) or is treated as not having LCW following failure to attend a medical examination without a good reason. Martin Williams takes a closer look.

ESA and WCA – recent and forthcoming changes

Issue 258 (June 2017)

Simon Osborne reviews changes regarding employment and support allowance (ESA) and the work capability assessment (WCA).

PIP – changing an ongoing award

Issue 258 (June 2017)

When can the DWP change an ongoing award of personal independence payment (PIP), including where the award was made by a tribunal? Ed Pybus looks at the rules and some recent caselaw.

PIP – an independent review

Issue 258 (June 2017)

Ed Pybus considers a review of assessments and decision making in personal independence payment (PIP).