Are you ready for Universal Credit?

2 October 2017

To help you get to grips with universal credit we are running courses on the new benefit, and have a range of resources. View them here

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OUT NOW - Child Support Handbook 2017/2018

27 July 2017

For more information and to purchase your copy, click here

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Latest enewsletter

24 July 2017

Read our latest enewsletter which includes: Scottish social security powers update; benefit cap win; Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill; welfare reform - annual report to Scottish Parliament; universal credit regulations; and more.

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The effects of welfare reform: Sue’s story


Sue is part of Dole Animators – a group of people with experience of the social security system in the UK who work together to highlight the effects of welfare reform. Dole Animators have just produced a five point plan for a brighter future – their blueprint for addressing poverty and insecurity. Sue spoke at an event in Parliament last week about her experiences, and shares them here: 

BLOG: Tracking the impacts of welfare reform in Scotland

19 July 2017

Read Kirsty's blog here

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Tracking the impacts of welfare reform in Scotland

The Scottish Government has published its fourth and final annual report on the impacts of welfare reform in Scotland, looking back to reforms introduced since 2010 and looking ahead to 2020. The report focuses on the financial impacts of welfare reform which are expected to reduce annual spending in Scotland by £3.9 billion by 2020/21. The report is comprehensive in its findings in relation to the financial impacts but what does this mean for the families affected?

Welfare Rights Conference 2017: Full Workshops Announced

12 July 2017

The full workshops for our annual Welfare Rights Conference 2017 have been announced. For more information and to book your place, click here.

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‘The scales of justice can seem very unbalanced’ – an interview with barrister Tom Royston


We were delighted to learn last week that Tom Royston, a barrister who specialises in social welfare law, won the prestigious Legal Aid Newcomer Award at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards. We put Tom forward for the award because of his tireless work with us on key cases. These include the Rutherford case last year, in which we challenged the ‘bedroom tax’ in the Supreme Court and won. The Court ruled that the Government had discriminated against Paul and Susan Rutherford and their severely disabled grandson Warren, who needs overnight care.

New factsheets

10 July 2017

We have produced two new factsheets:

Prisoners and benefits
Prisoners and universal credit

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Prisoners and universal credit

Your universal credit is affected if you are in prison. This factsheet describes how it can be affected if you or your partner are remanded in custody or serve a prison sentence. It provides information on what happens to your universal credit if you get a community-based sentence, and what happens when you are released from prison.