Act now on Holyrood education and poverty report, campaigners urge

July 12, 2018

Responding today (12/7/18) to the publication of a hard hitting report from MSPs on reducing the attainment gap, John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, said:

“This report makes quite clear that children growing up in families struggling on low incomes face real cost barriers that too often prevent them from getting the most out of what Scotland’s schools have to offer. The cost of school trips, classroom materials, school clothing and school meals all put pressure on hard pressed families and exclude children from learning opportunities.
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Job Opportunity - Project Officer: Cost of the School Day (Dundee)

24 May 2018

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with experience of working with young people to support schools, early years centres and other relevant agencies to take action to remove cost barriers to full participation at school.


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7 June 2012

We welcome your feedback on our new website - please take our short user survey.

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Report and Recommendations from the National Event for Local Child Poverty Leads

In December 2018, the Improvement Service and CPAG in Scotland hosted a seminar for local child poverty leads bringing together representatives from local authorities and health boards as well as the Scottish Government, COSLA, SPIRU (Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit) and NHS Health Scotland.

DLA to PIP transfers, good reason and negative determinations

Once a claimant who gets disability living allowance (DLA) makes a claim[i] for personal independence payment (PIP), their DLA continues until a decision is made about entitlement to PIP. However, if the claimant fails to attend an assessment or return the PIP2 without ‘good reason’ a ‘negative determination’ is made and the PIP claim is refused. [ii] In these circumstances the DLA award also stops.

Defective claims revisited

Issue 267 (December 2018)

Martin Williams provides an update to the article in Bulletin 262, ‘Universal credit: defective claims and withdrawals’.

Budget and benefits

Issue 267 (December 2018)

The 2018 Budget included some changes to universal credit (UC). It also announced other social security changes. Jon Shaw describes the plans.

UC and the WCA – some questions and answers

Issue 267 (December 2018)

Simon Osborne answers some common questions about universal credit (UC) and the work capability assessment (WCA).

Help with childcare costs in universal credit

Issue 267 (December 2018)

Dan Norris reviews the main rules on childcare costs in universal credit.

Single mother forced into homelessness by housing benefit shortfall goes to Supreme Court

January 31, 2019

 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and homeless charity Shelter are supporting a Supreme Court case today on behalf of a lone mother who was treated as intentionally homeless because she didn’t use her non-housing benefits that are intended to cover other living costs to cover the £35 weekly gap between her housing benefit and her rent. Housing benefit covers only a portion of private sector rent in 95% of England’s broad rental areas.

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