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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Editorial: Poverty 159

Issue 159 (Winter 2018)

The appointment of the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, has caused a stir, especially coming shortly after her predecessor had shown some willingness to address universal credit design problems. In last year’s Budget he reduced the initial wait for payments from six to five weeks and announced two weeks’ extra housing benefit for people who would otherwise struggle to pay their rent, as well as announcing that larger advances would be available.

The importance of income for children and families: an updated review of the evidence

Issue 159 (Winter 2018)

It is an all too familiar fact that children from low-income households tend to do less well than children whose parents are better off. They have worse health, do less well at school, and are more likely to have behavioural problems. In a systematic evidence review conducted in 2013, Kerris Cooper and Kitty Stewart found clear confirmation that low income is itself one reason for these worse outcomes, and not just a proxy for other factors such as parental education.

Implementing universal credit

Issue 159 (Winter 2018)

The implementation of universal credit has been beset with problems. Here, Ros White considers the effect on claimants of the delays to the universal credit roll-out and the government’s failure to fully address the complexities involved.

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The austerity generation: the impact of cuts to universal credit on family incomes and child poverty

Issue 159 (Winter 2018)

CPAG’s new report, The Austerity Generation, sets out the effect of a decade of cuts to social security on family incomes and child poverty, based on modelling by the Institute for Public Policy Research.

‘Time to deliver’ say child poverty campaigners as latest figures show one in four children still living in poverty

22 March 2018

MEDIA RELEASE

for immediate release 22/03/18

‘Time to deliver’ say child poverty campaigners as latest figures show one in four children still living in poverty

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Latest Students and Benefits Bulletin live

22 March 2018

The March 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 latest training courses, universal credit update, claiming benefits when a course ends, the new ILF transition fund and LEAD Scotland's Trusts guide.

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CPAG's response to annual poverty statistics

22 March 2018

Read our statement on the publication of the government's annual poverty statistics.

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CPAG's response to annual poverty statistics

March 22, 2018
  • 30% of children in poverty for second year running after housing costs (AHC) – increase from 4 million to 4.1 million
  • 67% of poor children in working families (AHC)
  • Risk of poverty for self-employed couples with children up from 30% to 33% (AHC)
  • Risk of poverty for children in lone parent families up from 47% to 49% (AHC)
  • Risk of poverty for children in families with 3 or more children up from 39% to 42% (AHC)
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Scotland Welfare Rights Conference 2018

26 March 2018

Friday 22 June 2018, Glasgow

Booking is now open for our annual welfare rights conference - for advisers, support workers and all those working to maximise family incomes. Click here for more info and to book.

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