social security

  • Legislation and guidance


    There are new regulations to set out the rules for the new Scottish social security system. The rules about payments from local authorities in Scotland are also set by regulations.

    This page collects the acts and regulations that set the rules, and some important official guidance.

    Note that updated versions of Scottish regulations are not currently available online. To know what the up-to-date version of some of the regulations below is, you will need to check the amending regulations listed with them, to see if the rules have changed.

  • Introduction to welfare rights

    training course

    This is essential training if you are starting off as a welfare rights adviser or need a good understanding of the benefits system. It introduces you to the key resources and skills you need and takes you through the main benefits in detail.

    A complimentary copy of CPAG’s Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook and a certificate is awarded to those completing all five days of the course.

    The course covers:

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  • Scottish social security


    Guide to the new Scottish social security system

    Some social security benefits are changing in Scotland. Use this guide to find out what is changing and when.

    Scottish benefits

    Find out which benefits are different in Scotland, and who can get them.


    Find out more about the legal rules for Scottish social security benefits.

  • Refusal to accept late mandatory reconsideration requests

    Last updated: September 25, 2017
    test case

    Update - 25 September 2017 - on 4 August 2017 a three-judge panel of the Upper Tribunal decided that, where a claimant makes a mandatory reconsideration request at any time within 13 months of the original decision, s/he will, if dissatisfied, subsequently be entitled to appeal to a First-tier Tribunal.

  • CPAG Response to Social Security (Scotland) Bill Call for Evidence

    August 2017

    A well-functioning social security system is a key pillar for the prevention and eradication of poverty.

    CPAG in Scotland sets out its views here on the Social Security (Scotland) Bill in response to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee's Call for Evidence.

  • Scottish Social Security Consortium


    What is the Consortium?

    The Consortium is a network of policy, parliamentary and rights workers from national voluntary sector organisations based in Scotland.

  • Initial thoughts on devolution

    October 2014

    Further devolution in Scotland should be underpinned by clear strategic objectives and principles. The merits of any settlement should be judged on the extent to which they provide a realistic opportunity to reduce child poverty and wider socio-economic inequality.

  • Parliamentary briefing on 'welfare cap' and Charter for Budgetary Responsiblity

    March 2014

    At the Budget in March 2014, the government announced it would be amending the Charter for Budgetary Responsibility to implement a new 'welfare cap' policy.

  • The effectiveness of social security at tackling child poverty

    March 2014

    While child poverty is responsive to, and requires, many different types of policy intervention, international evidence shows that social security is an essential tool for reducing child poverty. A note prepared for CPAG by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Essex University illustrates vividly the effect of taxes and benefits on child poverty rates across the EU27 for 2012.

    Figure 1 shows that the UK’s child poverty starting point is very high – we have the second highest child poverty rate before taxes and transfers in the EU27.

  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.