Further comments on the Scottish Community Support Fund proposals

June 2012

CPAG in Scotland has been contributing to stakeholder consultation on the Scottish replacement to those elements of the discretionary social fund being abolished by the UK Welfare Reform Act 2012. Our further comments on draft proposals can be found to the right of this page. The discretionary social fund (community care grants and crisis loans) is a critical source of support for low income families, and it is vital that the replacement scheme continues to provide support to families facing exceptional pressures and is adequately funded to do so.

Parliamentary Briefing from CPAG in Scotland and Poverty Alliance Stage 3 Debate: Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill

June 2012

This Bill has been passed, enabling Scottish Ministers to bring forward secondary legislation setting out how families will be ‘passported’ to vital devolved benefits like free school meals, school clothing grants, energy assistance, healthy start vouchers and support with access to leisure and transport. The Scottish Government has also launched its consultation on the approach to be taken to passporting.

Benefits for students e-bulletin: June 2012

26 June 2012

Read our June e-bulletin which looks at: benefits for young people in FE; changes for lone parents; updated factsheets, and more

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PM promises more pain for children and families

June 25, 2012

Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech today on welfare, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty action Group, said:

“If this is the future direction of welfare policy it leaves in tatters the PM’s pledge to be the most family friendly government, to make progress on child poverty and to ensure the greatest burden of deficit reduction falls on the broadest shoulders.

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Building public support to fight child poverty - how you can help

22 June 2012

In a guest blog for CPAG, Katharine Round, director of new film The Spirit Level, argues that an important relationship exists between inequality and child poverty. She suggests that by improving public understanding of the problems caused by economic inequality, we can also help build greater public support for the goals to end UK child poverty on relative and absolute measures.

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New rights of residence for EU nationals

Issue 190 (February 2006)

Pamela Fitzpatrick gives an overview of the new EC Residence Directive. A more detailed analysis of this Directive will follow in the next edition of the Welfare Rights Bulletin.

Exporting AA, CA and DLA to other EEA member states

Issue 191 (April 2006)

Pamela Fitzpatrick describes provisions on exporting certain benefits relating to disability within the EEA.

Child benefit and qualifying young persons

Issue 191 (April 2006)

Simon Osborne outlines new rules extending benefit entitlement for families that include a young person.

Right to reside – new rules

Issue 192 (June 2006)

Pamela Fitzpatrick describes new regulations affecting the habitual residence test and in particular the right-to-reside element of the test.

MPs' verdict on incapacity benefit reform

Issue 192 (June 2006)

David Simmons outlines the findings of the Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into the Government's proposed reform of incapacity benefits.