The Social Security Act (Scotland) 2018

Issue 264 (June 2018)

Kirsty McKechnie describes the provisions in the first legislation passed establishing the Scottish social security system.


June 28, 2018

DWP statistics published today show  71,000 families have lost entitlement to child allowances in tax credits or universal credit in the first year of the ‘two-child  policy’ (1).  

Commenting on the figure, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

“Our analysis with IPPR last year found 200,000 children will be pulled into poverty by the two-child limit.  Today’s DWP statistics now show it’s already having a damaging impact – and at a fast pace.  These are struggling families,  most of them in work,  who will lose up to £2,780 a year  -  a huge amount if you’re a parent on low pay.  

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Latest Tax Credits and Early Years Bulletin available

26 June 2018

The May - June 2018 edition of CPAG in Scotland's Tax Credits and Early Years ebulletin is available.

Read up on the Save the Children Childcare Survey, Gingerbread Report on UC, two-child limit for kinship carers and adoption and more.

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Seminar - Universal credit: “Making work(ers) pay?”

26 June 2018

Manchester – Thursday 12 July

London – Friday 20 July

Time: 12:00 - 16:30

Over the course of 2018, the roll out of the “full service” of universal credit has gathered pace and has extended to more and more postcode areas. This means that people who work are increasingly caught up in the new system.

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Latest Students and Benefits Ebulletin is live

25 June 2018

The June 2018 edition of CPAG in Scotland's students and benefits e-bulletin is available, keeping you up to date with changes to benefits and tax credits relevant to students.

Read up on our training courses, universal credit update, claiming benefit in the summer vacation, council tax for young care leavers and a student funding announcement, and more.

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Still time to book...

19 June 2018

It's now just three days until our annual welfare rights conference commences at Strathclyde University's Technology and Innovation Centre; there are a few delegate places left and just enough time still to book here.

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Response to NAO report on Universal Credit

June 15, 2018

Commenting on today's National Audit Office report on Universal Credit, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

 "It was sobering enough to learn from the DWP's own survey last week that four in ten people claiming universal credit have financial problems many months into their claim. Now we have an NAO report confirming just how miserable the experience of claiming universal credit is for hundreds of thousands of people who rely on it. Organisations working with claimants have been saying the same to the DWP for many, many months.


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June 8, 2018

 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has called for key cuts to Universal Credit to be reversed following new DWP evidence showing a large number of claimants are struggling to make ends meet many months into their claims. The survey also shows a significant number of claimants had no confidence in their ‘claimant commitment’ – the document setting out what claimants must do to receive universal credit, including work-related requirements. A full fifth of claimants (21%) were unable to submit their claim online mainly due to difficulties using computers or the internet.

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Submission on benefit sanctions

June 2018

CPAG has submitted evidence to the Work and Pensions select committee on benefit sanctions, their impact, and how the regime could be improved. 

View our submission here.


7 June 2018

The DWP announced important new protections for some universal credit claimants

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