Early Warning System

What is the Early Warning System?

The Early Warning System (EWS) gathers information and case studies about the impact of welfare reform on children and families across the UK. CPAG has a separate scheme in Scotland.

CPAG set up the EWS to help us to get a better understanding of how changes to the benefit system such as the introduction of universal credit, the benefit cap and the two child limit will affect the lives of children and their families.

Information and anonymous case studies are being collected from:

  • Frontline workers including: welfare rights workers, housing officers and Early Years staff. Frontline workers submit evidence using our EWS reporting form.
  • CPAG’s telephone and email advice service for advisers, training and events.

The information and case studies gathered are quickly analysed and disseminated to inform decision makers, service planners and third sector partners about the impacts of the benefit changes. This will ensure that the government, MPs, local authorities and other public bodies are well informed and can take action to mitigate some of the impacts.