welfare reform

  • Universal Credit Advances


    The rules about advance payments of Universal Credit (UC) are similar to the rules about short-term benefit advances of other benefits.

  • Local welfare assistance schemes


    Your local welfare assistance scheme (LWAS) can help you if you are in urgent need following an emergency or unforeseen event and have no other source of help. The schemes are run by local councils and they vary. You may be able to get vouchers to pay for food, fuel or clothing or bigger basic living items such as beds, cookers and fridges. You can’t usually get cash.

  • Welcome to the Early Warning System newsletter: September 2015


    What is the Early Warning System?

    With welfare reform expected to drive up to 100,000 more children into child poverty by 2020, CPAG in Scotland set up the Early Warning System (EWS) to gather information and case studies about the impact of welfare reform on children and families across Scotland.

  • Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015

    Issue 247 (August 2015)

    The Welfare Reform and Work Bill was laid before parliament and given its first reading on 9 July 2015. The second reading took place on 21 July 2015 and CPAG will continue to lobby for amendments to the Bill as it progresses through parliament. Paul Treloar summarises the main points of the Bill.

  • Discretionary housing payments policy note

    January 2015

    This policy note considers the role that discretionary housing payments (DHPs) have played over the last four years in mitigating the impact of ‘welfare reform’. Specifically, it considers the extent to which DHPs have provided sufficient time and space for families to adapt to reduced levels of state support reducing risk of homelessness, as well as the role that DHPs have played protecting vulnerable groups from unlawful implementation of key provisions of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

  • Benefit cuts: who is hurting?

    Issue 242 (October 2014)

    Paul Treloar, Advice and Rights Manager at CPAG, describes recent research on the impact of benefit cuts.

  • Bereavement benefit for the 21st century

    March 2012

    CPAG responded to the government's consultation on bereavement benefit. We are strongly opposed to the abolition of widows parents allowance (WPA).

  • A new poll tax?


    In April 2013 the national system of Council Tax Benefit was devolved to local authorities, along with a 10 per cent funding cut. While several London boroughs have found the additional savings needed to bridge this cut in funding, the majority have introduced a Minimum Payment.

  • Families on the brink: welfare reform in London


    London has the highest child poverty rates and highest housing costs in the UK. This means that the capital has been hit particularly hard by changes to the benefits system, particularly cuts to housing benefit. London households have lost almost £7 per week more than the average UK household.