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.

Children of austerity


Thanks to the UNICEF Office for Research a book has been published today tracing what happened to children in rich countries following the financial crisis:

B Cantillon, Y Chzhen, S Handa and B Nolan, Children of Austerity: impact of the great recession on child poverty in rich countries, Oxford: OUP, 2017.

Health & Sport Committee Debate: Inquiry into the Preventative Health Agenda

April 2017

Increasing the financial resources available to families in Scotland will make a significant impact towards tackling the causes of poor health and prevent poverty-related demand on services.

This briefing for MSPs for the Health and Sport Committee's Debate on the Inquiry into the Preventative Health Agenda highlights the impact that child poverty has on health inequalities.

OUT TODAY - Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook 2017/18

12 April 2017

For more information and to purchase your copy, click here

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Latest Early Warning System newsletter

31 March 2017

Read our latest Early Warning System newsletter which includes: How universal credit is affecting families; Newsflash for welfare rights workers; How we have used the cases; and more.

Sign up to receive updates from the Early Warning System here.

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UK household food insecurity: the importance of income


Stark new food insecurity statistics highlight how many young people and those on low incomes are struggling to get enough food to eat.


April 6, 2017

Welcoming the Labour party’s commitment to extending free school meals to all primary school children, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

 “This is a welcome move which we have long campaigned for. The evidence on the benefits for children of extending school meals is very strong. It shows children’s school results are boosted, their diet improves and parents in food poverty have more to spend on nutritious breakfast and dinners for their kids. What’s more, free school meals save families much-needed money and strengthen work incentives, helping parents get better off through work.

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Eight things you should know about the benefit cap


‘Fairness’ was the word Lord Freud used to justify the lowering of the benefit cap. But there is no fairness to be found in a policy that ignores assessed need, mostly affects people who can’t work to increase their income, and hits households with children in 93 per cent of cases.