Widowed parents’ allowance and non-married couples

Last updated: September 25, 2017

Under current benefit legislation widowed parent’s allowance (WPA) is payable to the surviving spouse or civil partner of a deceased person in respect of their children, provided the deceased paid sufficient national insurance contributions. Where a couple were not lawfully married prior to the death of one of them, they do not qualify for WPA even though they may have been cohabiting for many years or been through a religious marriage ceremony which was not subsequently registered.

Navigating migrants' rights in the shadow of Brexit


This guest blog is from Rebecca Walker, author of the immigration and residence chapters of the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook, lead author of the Benefits for Migrants Handbook and architect of the Right to Reside Flowchart Poster.

Notes from Seminar for Child Poverty Leads on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill.

April 2017

This report sets out the key points from the Seminar for Local Authority Child Poverty Leads on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill.

The outcomes from the Seminar were fed into CPAG Scotland's response to the Child Poverty Bill at Stage One and influenced support for amendments lodged at Stage Two.

Child poverty campaigners welcome Public Health experts 'call to action'

September 20, 2017

"Living wages, progressive taxation and investment in social security vital to reducing poverty and protecting children's health and well being" say child poverty campaigners

The Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, John Dickie, welcomed today's (20/09/17) launch of a 'call to action' on Scotland's health inequalities from the Faculty of Public Health. The public health experts make clear the need to use all of Scotland's tax and benefit levers to address the poverty that underpins health inequalities.

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The Social Security (Scotland) Bill

Issue 259 (August 2017)

Kirsty McKechnie and Jenny Duncan describe an important step towards primary legislation regarding benefits in Scotland.

UC earnings and problems

Issue 259 (August 2017)

David Simmons describes some of the issues when a claimant is paid twice during a universal credit (UC) monthly assessment period.

From ESA to UC

Issue 259 (August 2017)

Simon Osborne looks at the rules regarding claimants ‘migrating’ from employment and support allowance (ESA) to universal credit (UC).

Does the cap still fit?

Issue 259 (August 2017)

Carla Clarke reviews the latest on legal challenges to the benefit cap.

Give Me Five - child benefit top up campaign

30 August 2017

We are members of the Give Me Five Campaign - calling on MSPs to ensure the 2018/19 budget and Scottish Government spending plans include a top-up of child benefit by £5 per week.

Sign our petition

Email your MSP

Find out more about the campaign here and how to get involved.

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