A Blueprint for 2020: The expansion of early learning and childcare in Scotland

January 2017

Read CPAG in Scotland's response to the Scottish Government's plan to roll out an expentsion of free childcare hours in Scotland by 2020.

Comment on DHP Guidance

January 2017

Read CPAG's comments on how a draft Guidance Note on Discretionary Housing Payment might be improved in advance of the full devolution of DHP in April 2017.

Evidence on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill

March 2017

Read CPAG in Scotland's evidence for the Social Security Committee of the Scottish Parliament in advance of its consideration of the general principles of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017.

Consultation on universal credit flexibilities

March 2017

Read CPAG's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on its intention to use powers devolved by the Scotland Act 2016 to enable universal credit payments to be made fortnightly instead of monthly and to ensure tenants can have the housing costs element of their universal credit paid directly to their landlord. 

Revised Benefit Cap

Last updated: September 22, 2017

 R (DS and Others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

On 9 March 2017 CPAG issued a claim for judicial review in the High Court against the Secretary of State for Work and Pension (SSWP) to challenge the legality of the benefit cap which was lowered further in November 2016. CPAG is acting on behalf of two single mothers who are affected by the cap due to their caring responsibilities. One of the claimants has children with significant health needs while the other has previously fled domestic violence.

Why March really was miserable for child poverty


It’s been an awful month for UK child poverty but Iain Duncan Smith’s Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has published some rather questionable claims made about the way we measure and use child poverty statistics.

Latest tax credits and early years ebulletin

27 March 2017

Read our latest ebulletin which includes: two child limit - exceptions; childcare choices; Home Energy Scotland; and caselaw.

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Do you have a client affected by the two child limit to tax credits/ universal credit?

24 March 2017

We are looking for tax credits or universal credit claimants affected by the two child limit.  Read more.

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Social security changes - April 2017

March 2017

In April 2017, many social security changes come into force that affect children and young people. We outline their impact.

Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into Universal Credit - CPAG's response

March 2017

The Work and Pensions Select Committee was so concerned about evidence heard during its inquiry into progress with the implementation of universal credit, that it has re-opened its inquiry to gather more evidence. CPAG's response includes cases from our Scottish and UK early warning systems, highlighting various problems encountered by claimants.