April enews bulletin available

19 April 2018

Read April's round-up of our news including the latest child poverty statistics, the first scottish child poverty delivery plan, Social Security (Scotland) Bill update and the education and skills committee on poverty and attainment.

CPAG in Scotland April e-news

 

 

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Still time to book April/May training courses

16 April 2018

There are still a few places left to book for upcoming training courses in April and May in Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh, covering a range of topics; from Right to Reside through to Universal Credit and Students.

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Guest blog from Jeane Freeman, Scotland's Social Security Minister on the Best Start Grant

Almost at the end of the Easter holidays and I know many families are busy with activities and outings.

It’s a time for lots of fun but can also end up being expensive – especially for families with more than one child.

And for low income families, it can be even harder to find the money.

We know that’s not just a problem that comes up at holiday times. It’s a problem that starts even before a baby is born, when prams and cots that might need to be bought bring added expense to tight budgets.

Our new social security service wants to help.

Briefing for the appearance of Esther McVey before the Social Security Committee Meeting

April 2018

The Scottish Parliament's Social Security Committee will hear from the Right Hon Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on Monday 16th April. This briefing, prepared in advance of the meeting, provides an overview of findings on universal credit from CPAG in Scotland's Early Warning System for January to March 2018. 

Faith leaders urge the government to loosen the grip of poverty on families by removing the two-child limit policy

April 6, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: for immediate release

Today, 60 Bishops from the Church of England and senior representatives from other Christian, Jewish and Muslim organisations have come together to urge the Government to rethink its two-child limit policy, one year on from its introduction.

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Child poverty harms children’s educational opportunities

April 2, 2018

Growing child poverty is affecting children’s learning, say NEU education professionals, and schools and education staff are increasingly providing the services and essentials of daily life to stop families falling through the cracks.

A snapshot survey (1) of a sample of heads, teachers and school support staff who are members of the National Education Union (NEU) reveals the extent to which poverty is damaging the educational opportunities for children from poor families.

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Incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance and backdated payments

Last updated: April 4, 2018

On 29 March 2018, CPAG issued judicial review proceedings challenging the decision of the DWP to limit backdated payments to those disabled people who had been underpaid when they had transferred from incapacity benefit (‘IB’) to employment and support allowance (‘ESA’) to a 21 October 2014 date.

Universal credit assessment period inflexibility

Last updated: April 4, 2018

On 29 March 2018, CPAG filed a claim for permission to apply for judicial review to challenge the rigidity of the assessment period regime in universal credit which results in some people being treated as receiving two monthly wages in one assessment period, in turn affecting the amount of their UC award. The claim is being brought on behalf of a single working mother. Her UC assessment period runs from the 30th of one month to the 29th of the next and she is paid by her employer on the last working day of each month. As a consequence, there are some assessment periods when she is treated as receiving two monthly wages (eg Nov/Dec 2017 she was paid on Thursday 30th November and Friday 29th December). This results in a dramatically reduced UC award, as she is treated as receiving twice the amount from income as is usually the case, causing obvious cash flow problems for somebody managing on a very tightly balanced budget. Further, as the claimant is entitled to a working allowance, she effectively loses out on the benefit of one working allowance against one month’s salary which is not compensated by the fact that the following assessment period she is treated as receiving no wages and so gets the maximum UC allowance.

Delivery plan "a very welcome step on the road to a Scotland free of child poverty"

29 March 2018

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland

MEDIA RELEASE for immediate release 29/03/18

• "Time now for immediate action on income supplement to avert horrendous child poverty projections"

Child poverty campaigners today (29th March 2018) welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government's first statutory child poverty delivery plan under the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act, and called for swift action to implement the proposed income supplement.

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Latest Tax Credits and Early Years Bulletin available

27 March 2018

The March edition of CPAG in Scotland's Tax Credits and Early Years Bulletin is now available.

Read up on Sure Start Maternity Grants, training courses, updated Financial Help in the Early Years factsheet, childcare vouchers, Scottish Carer's Allowance supplement and late mandatory considerations.

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