‘Principles must now be reflected in detail of the legislation’ say child poverty campaigners as first Social Security (Scotland) Bill published

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) today responded to the publication of Scotland’s first social security bill.

John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland, said

“The principle of social security as an investment in the people of Scotland and the recognition that social security is a human right are very welcome, as are the commitments Ministers have already made to boost support for carers and young children, but it is absolutely vital that those principles and early improvements are clearly reflected in the legislation as a whole.

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June 21, 2017
  • Welcome shelving of plans to cut universal free school meals
  • No plans for tackling rising child poverty, despite promise to tackle ‘burning injustice’ of poverty
  • Urgent need for a coherent social justice agenda

Alison Garnham, Chief Executive:

“We welcome the commitments to strengthen rights at work and the minimum wage for over 25-year-olds, but this is a Queen's Speech conspicuous for what it doesn’t mention and suggests the Government is missing a serious and coherent social justice agenda.

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ESA – limited capability to claim?

Issue 258 (June 2017)

Employment support allowance (ESA) stops in certain situations, including where the claimant does not have limited capability for work (LCW) or is treated as not having LCW following failure to attend a medical examination without a good reason. Martin Williams takes a closer look.

ESA and WCA – recent and forthcoming changes

Issue 258 (June 2017)

Simon Osborne reviews changes regarding employment and support allowance (ESA) and the work capability assessment (WCA).

PIP – changing an ongoing award

Issue 258 (June 2017)

When can the DWP change an ongoing award of personal independence payment (PIP), including where the award was made by a tribunal? Ed Pybus looks at the rules and some recent caselaw.

PIP – an independent review

Issue 258 (June 2017)

Ed Pybus considers a review of assessments and decision making in personal independence payment (PIP).

Housing costs for 18 to 21 year olds

Issue 258 (June 2017)

Gwyneth King considers changes removing entitlement to universal credit (UC) housing costs for some 18–21-year-olds.

Child tax credit and disability element

Last updated: June 16, 2017

Following a data match with DWP, HMRC discovered that 28 000 families, subsequently revised to 33 000, had not been receiving the disability element of child tax credit. While this might have been going on since 2011, HMRC was only prepared to back date the child element to the April 2016.

CPAG is challenging the refusal to backdate payments further on the basis that the underpayments were caused by official error. The case is currently at the First tier tribunal. A hearing date has not been set.

OUT TODAY - Universal Credit: what you need to know | 4th edition

15 June 2017

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Benefits freeze must end as inflation jumps

13 June 2017

An urgent re-think of the current four-year freeze in benefits is needed to protect struggling families from further damage as inflation jumps to 2.9% - a four-year high. Read more

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