September news round-up

28 September 2012

Read our September news round-up which includes: CPAG's cost of a child report; welfare reform; new PIP factsheet; anti-cuts march in Glasgow on 20 October; and more.

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Response to Scottish Government on passported benefits

1 October 2012

In many cases, including that of free school lunch entitlement, we believe the optimum approach is to remove means testing altogether as the most effective way to meet the principles of simplification and making work pay. Whilst political realities may make it difficult to deliver universal provision immediately we argue government should work toward a universal approach, paid for through redistributive taxation, so that as resources can be prioritised further progress can be made.

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Tax credits e-bulletin: September 2012

27 September 2012

Read our September e-bulletin which looks at: updated factsheets; tax credits and universal credit; and more.

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IDS must reject 'disgraceful' attack on benefit up-rating and re-think welfare reforms set to increase poverty in Scotland, say child poverty and disability campaigners

September 15, 2012

CPAG in Scotland and Inclusion Scotland

IDS must focus on rejecting ‘disgraceful’ attack on benefit rates and re-think welfare reforms set to increase poverty in Scotland, say child poverty and disability campaigners.

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Nick Clegg announces 'catch up' premium in his party conference speech

26 September 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced the creation of a 'catch up' premium to help struggling children in the transition from primary to secondary school. The Liberal Democrat leader, speaking at his party's annual conference, said that from this year an additional £500 will be made available for children leaving primary school below the expected standard in English or Maths.

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CPAG response to Nick Clegg's party conference speech

September 26, 2012

Commenting on Nick Clegg's speech to the Liberal Democrat conference, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

"We look forward to hearing more detail about the new 'catch up' premium but it looks like a very welcome step towards tackling the attainment gap and stopping poor children from being left behind. It's absolutely right to focus on freeing up opportunity for all children but we need a greater recognition in decision-making that poverty is the destroyer of opportunity for rising numbers of British children."

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Children and Young People Bill consultation

26 September 2012

We responded to the Scottish Government's consultation on their proposal for a Children and Young People Bill on children’s rights and wellbeing. Read our response here.

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Benefits for students e-bulletin: September 2012

25 September 2012

Read our September e-bulletin which looks at: the updated Scottish handbook for 2012/13; universal credit and students; new housing benefit guidance; and more.

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Benefits uprating plans would break the link with decency

September 18, 2012

Commenting on reports that the Treasury is examining plans to freeze benefits for two years and de-link benefit levels from rises in earnings or inflation, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

'Breaking the link between benefits and living standards would be breaking the link with decency. In hard times the values of a civilised society must ensure the most vulnerable families are protected.

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“Money for vital social fund lifeline woefully inadequate,” say anti-poverty campaigners

17 September 2012

John Dickie, Head of CPAG in Scotland called on the Scottish Government to use its budget to compensate for UK-wide cuts to crisis welfare payments in response to reports on Sunday 16th September that a woefully inadequate amount of money is set to be transferred to the Scottish Government by the UK DWP to replace a vital lifeline for some of Scotland's worst off families.

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