young people

  • Carer's assistance


    Carer’s allowance will transfer to the Scottish Government. Before then, you’ll be paid an extra carer’s allowance supplement if you get carer’s allowance and live in Scotland. When it transfers, you’ll continue to get carer’s allowance but it will be paid by Social Security Scotland, the new agency to deliver Scottish benefits. Later, the Scottish Government plans to make changes to eligibility rules as it develops the new carer’s assistance.

    For young carers who can't get carer's allowance, there will be a new Scottish benefit.

  • Financial help for young parents


    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.

  • Dealing with sanctions - young people


    This factsheet has been withdrawn. Please check Ask CPAG pages for latest information, including sanctions.

  • Universal credit and young people

    training course

    With universal credit (UC) full service now rolled out everywhere, it is important to make sure you know when young people can claim UC. This course will help you advise young people from age 16 on entitlement whether in or looking for work, in training or education, sick or disabled.

    The course covers:

    • UC for 16 and 17-year-olds

    • UC for young people in or looking for work

    • When young people can get UC in education or training

    • Young parents' entitlement to UC

    • UC for young people who are carers, sick or disabled

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  • Including the voices of young people in child poverty strategies


    Many local authorities mentioned an interest in further including the voices of children and young people in their child poverty strategies. A presentation around one methodology to enable your local area to do so is available below.

    The youth-led local area strategies that were produced using this methodology are available here.

  • Child benefit and qualifying young persons

    Issue 191 (April 2006)

    Simon Osborne outlines new rules extending benefit entitlement for families that include a young person.

  • Last Word: Gateshead Youth Assembly

    Issue 143 (Autumn 2012)

    In the first of a new series of contributions from young people, Melanie Caddle and Mirander Delahaye describe their work on the Gateshead Youth Assembly.

  • Out of the lobster pot: the universal credit ‘gateway’ and young people in non-advanced education

    Generally, once you have claimed universal credit (UC), you stay on it even if your circumstances later change – sometimes called the ‘lobster-pot’ principle. However, if your circumstances change so that you are no longer eligible for UC, in certain situations you may be able to claim the benefits that UC is replacing (housing benefit, jobseeker’s allowance, income support etc). This may be particularly useful for young people who live away from their parents, are on UC and who start a full-time non-advanced course at college.

  • Riots, redistribution and reparation

    Issue 140 (Autumn 2011)

    Many people have asked why a tiny proportion of (mostly) young people rioted this summer. They have also questioned the part that rising inequalities could have played in making many people poor and some angry. After all, young adults in Britain today have only ever known a country in which income and wealth have been redistributed from poor to rich – to the detriment of all. How much money could be saved by doing the reverse and redistributing from rich to poor? And how much reparation is required in the long run for a sense eventually to emerge that we are all in this together? Danny Dorling seeks answers from an eclectic mix of sources, including a Chinese daily newspaper, a former London gang member and the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

  • The Costs of Going to School

    April 22, 2014
    press release

    Child Poverty Action Group, the National Union of Teachers, the British Youth Council and Kids Company have jointly released a report on the Costs of Going to School produced by a group of 400 school-aged young people.

    For the full press release, visit the NUT website.

    The report can be downloaded from the top right of this page.

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