Think of the children: right to reside through a child

Issue 228 (June 2012)

Martin Williams sets out the situations in which a person may have a right of residence in order to facilitate the right of residence of a child. The article highlights recent changes in the DWP position and forthcoming cases in the ECJ.

Disability and discrimination: the Court of Appeal upholds the rights of disabled people

Issue 228 (June 2012)

This article is an update on ‘Disability and discrimination: a case for special treatment' in Bulletin 226. That article discussed the arguments put forward in the case of Burnip v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In this article we consider the Court of Appeal’s decision in Burnip and the joined cases of Trengove and Gorry.

Further comments on the Scottish Community Support Fund proposals

29 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.

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

29 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.

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New report - how can the social fund be delivered at a local level?

29 June 2012

This new report explains how the social fund, the 'safety net' for many families needing emergency support, will be devolved to local level in 2013. It's a useful resource for local authorities now considering their options for replacement schemes.

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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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