early years

  • Financial help in the early years


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    Growing up in poverty damages children’s health, development, education and lifetime opportunities. People working in early years and childcare are in a key position of everyday contact with families to pass on information to help maximise their incomes and make sure they do not miss out on vital support.

  • Financial help for teenage parents


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    This factsheet gives a brief overview of the financial help available for young parents, and any special rules that may affect them.

    It contains information on benefits and tax credits that is relevant UK-wide, but some other help may only be available in Scotland.

    The information in this factsheet is not a full statement of the law, and individuals should be referred for specialist advice where appropriate.

  • Tax credits and early years project


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    We want to contribute to a reduction in the number of families living in poverty in Scotland by maximizing the potential income available to them through the social security system. As the system moves from tax credits to universal credit over the next few years, our focus is on the families who rely on this vital support, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable families including:

  • Tax credits and early years e-bulletin - Scotland


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    Our monthly tax credits e-bulletin keeps you up to date with tax credits news and developments. You can read past editions by following the links below, or sign up to the e-bulletin here.

  • Welfare rights resources


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    CPAG in Scotland has a wide range of information and resources on benefits and tax credits. See our ebulletins and Scottish Handbooks below, or visit our factsheets page.

    Are you an adviser looking for our advice line number? See our Help for Advisers page.

  • Early years and childcare services


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    We are interested in working with early years services, childcare providers and information services to promote access to:

    • quality, affordable childcare through tax credits and universal credit
    • other financial help for families at risk of poverty.

    We are offering free resources including factsheets on financial help with childcare for low income families, a free advice line, and a short seminar for your group – see below for details.

  • Income maximisation for families

    Level: Basic

    training course

    This half-day course looks at changes to benefits for people starting a family and families with young children, both in and out of work.

    Maximising income in the early years is vital for children’s health, education and development. This course aims to give frontline workers a basic awareness to help you to identify problems and refer on where appropriate.

    The course covers:

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  • Childcare support for working families

    Level: Basic

    training course

    This half-day course is for people working in childcare and early years, who want to maximise incomes for working families and help them to avoid common benefit problems. It concentrates on who can get help with the costs of childcare through the social security system, and how this interacts with other sources of support, including the new tax-free childcare scheme. No previous knowledge of benefits is required.

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  • April tax credits and early years ebulletin

    29 April 2015
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    Read our latest e-bulletin which includes: factsheets; order a tax credits claim form online; Maternal & Early Years conference; Election 2015 pledges on tax credits/early years; and Q&A: Can universal credit claimants get Healthy Start vouchers?

    Sign up to our e-bulletins here.

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  • CPAG welcome announcement on childcare and early years pupil premium investment

    March 18, 2014
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    In response to the Government's announcement that 85% of childcare costs will be met in Universal Credit and that there will be a £50 million Early Years Pupil Premium funding for the most disadvantaged three and four year olds, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, said:

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