• Financial help in the early years


    This factsheet outlines what financial help may be available from pregnancy to school age, how universal credit or tax credits can help you qualify and what other conditions you must meet.

    The information about benefits, universal credit and tax credits is relevant UK-wide, but some other help may only be available in Scotland.

  • Reducing child poverty before and after birth: information for midwives


    CPAG in Scotland has developed a new resource and timeline for midwives highlighting some of the practical steps they can take to maximise a family’s income and increase financial security. These steps include:

  • Statutory shared parental pay

    Issue 244 (February 2015)

    Susan Mitchell and Simon Osborne outline the main rules on a new payment which, from April, will replace additional statutory paternity pay in England, Scotland and Wales.

  • Sure start maternity grants – LS v SSWP [2014] UKUT 0298 (AAC)

    Last updated: January 21, 2015
    test case

    CPAG acted for the appellant in an appeal against the abolition of Sure Start Maternity grants for women who have a second child. The case concerned whether the DWP carried out an adequate assessment of the impact of the cut on ethnic minorities, who have larger families and are less likely to have received a maternity grant for their first child. We argue that the Department failed to have due regard to its duties under the Race Relations Act 1971.

  • Residence rights and wrongs

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

    Henri Krishna reviews recent changes in rules1 about residence and benefits, concentrating on developments not already covered by articles on the 1 January 2014 changes in CPAG's Welfare Rights Bulletin 238 and the Saint Prix decision of the European Court of Justice in CPAG's Welfare Rights Bulletin 241.

    • 1. SI 2014/1451
  • Saint Prix and the right to reside for pregnant women

    Issue 241 (August 2014)


    Mike Spencer looks at a recent European Court of Justice decision with important findings about the right to reside of women who have given up work due to pregnancy.

  • Saint Prix v DWP: pregnancy and right to reside

    Last updated: June 25, 2014
    test case

    Jessy Saint Prix v Department for Work and Pensions C-507/12.

    The issue in this case is whether a French national who became temporarily unable to work due to pregnancy and childbirth and had no continuing employment rights retained her status as a 'worker' in EU law and therefore her right of residence in the UK when she claimed income support on grounds of pregnancy.  

  • Right to reside: the pregnant pause?

    Issue 209 (April 2009)

    Martin Williams looks at the issues for pregnant EEA nationals caused by the 'right to reside' requirement.

  • EU court upholds equality for pregnant workers

    June 19, 2014
    press release

    A landmark ruling today from the EU’s highest court has upheld the rights of pregnant EU nationals to equal treatment when claiming benefits.   The European Court of Justice ruled that a French national who was working in the UK and had to give up work because of the late stages of pregnancy should be entitled to income support.

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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.