Amendment on the right of redetermination and appeal on liability for overpayment

April 2018

In this briefing Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), Inclusion Scotland, Citizens Advice Scotland, ENABLE Scotland, Shelter Scotland, the Poverty Alliance, One Parent Families Scotland and other members of the Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR) strongly urge MSPs to support Amendment 137 to the Social Security (Scotland) Bill in the name of Jeremy Balfour MSP.

More speakers announced for our welfare rights conference 2018

23 April 2018

Latest speakers confirmed for our annual conference on 22 June;

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High court finds two-child rule exception perverse

April 20, 2018

The High Court has today ruled that one of the Government’s key welfare reform policies, the two-child rule for tax credits and universal credit (1), is in part unlawful.

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CHARITY TAKES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST DWP FOR DISABLED CLAIMANTS’ ARREARS

April 19, 2018

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is pursuing judicial review proceedings challenging the DWP’s decision to limit backdated payments for disabled people who were underpaid when they were moved from incapacity benefit (IB) to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to an October 2014 date. 

The DWP has confirmed that it will defend its decision following the charity’s application for judicial review proceedings last month, although, given the number of people involved and potential amount of money at stake, it has agreed to the case being expedited.

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April enews bulletin available

19 April 2018

Read April's round-up of our news including the latest child poverty statistics, the first scottish child poverty delivery plan, Social Security (Scotland) Bill update and the education and skills committee on poverty and attainment.

CPAG in Scotland April e-news

 

 

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Still time to book April/May training courses

16 April 2018

There are still a few places left to book for upcoming training courses in April and May in Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh, covering a range of topics; from Right to Reside through to Universal Credit and Students.

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Guest blog from Jeane Freeman, Scotland's Social Security Minister on the Best Start Grant

Almost at the end of the Easter holidays and I know many families are busy with activities and outings.

It’s a time for lots of fun but can also end up being expensive – especially for families with more than one child.

And for low income families, it can be even harder to find the money.

We know that’s not just a problem that comes up at holiday times. It’s a problem that starts even before a baby is born, when prams and cots that might need to be bought bring added expense to tight budgets.

Our new social security service wants to help.

Briefing for the appearance of Esther McVey before the Social Security Committee Meeting

April 2018

The Scottish Parliament's Social Security Committee will hear from the Right Hon Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on Monday 16th April. This briefing, prepared in advance of the meeting, provides an overview of findings on universal credit from CPAG in Scotland's Early Warning System for January to March 2018. 

Faith leaders urge the government to loosen the grip of poverty on families by removing the two-child limit policy

April 6, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: for immediate release

Today, 60 Bishops from the Church of England and senior representatives from other Christian, Jewish and Muslim organisations have come together to urge the Government to rethink its two-child limit policy, one year on from its introduction.

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Child poverty harms children’s educational opportunities

April 2, 2018

Growing child poverty is affecting children’s learning, say NEU education professionals, and schools and education staff are increasingly providing the services and essentials of daily life to stop families falling through the cracks.

A snapshot survey (1) of a sample of heads, teachers and school support staff who are members of the National Education Union (NEU) reveals the extent to which poverty is damaging the educational opportunities for children from poor families.

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