Latest Students and Benefits Ebulletin is live

25 June 2018

The June 2018 edition of CPAG in Scotland's students and benefits e-bulletin is available, keeping you up to date with changes to benefits and tax credits relevant to students.

Read up on our training courses, universal credit update, claiming benefit in the summer vacation, council tax for young care leavers and a student funding announcement, and more.

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Still time to book...

19 June 2018

It's now just three days until our annual welfare rights conference commences at Strathclyde University's Technology and Innovation Centre; there are a few delegate places left and just enough time still to book here.

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Response to NAO report on Universal Credit

June 15, 2018

Commenting on today's National Audit Office report on Universal Credit, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham said:

 "It was sobering enough to learn from the DWP's own survey last week that four in ten people claiming universal credit have financial problems many months into their claim. Now we have an NAO report confirming just how miserable the experience of claiming universal credit is for hundreds of thousands of people who rely on it. Organisations working with claimants have been saying the same to the DWP for many, many months.

 

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DWP’S OWN SURVEY CATALOGUES UNIVERSAL CREDIT FAILINGS

June 8, 2018

 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has called for key cuts to Universal Credit to be reversed following new DWP evidence showing a large number of claimants are struggling to make ends meet many months into their claims. The survey also shows a significant number of claimants had no confidence in their ‘claimant commitment’ – the document setting out what claimants must do to receive universal credit, including work-related requirements. A full fifth of claimants (21%) were unable to submit their claim online mainly due to difficulties using computers or the internet.

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Submission on benefit sanctions

June 2018

CPAG has submitted evidence to the Work and Pensions select committee on benefit sanctions, their impact, and how the regime could be improved. 

View our submission here.

CHILD POVERTY ACTION GROUP WELCOMES UNIVERSAL CREDIT CHANGES

7 June 2018

The DWP announced important new protections for some universal credit claimants

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CHILD POVERTY ACTION GROUP WELCOMES UNIVERSAL CREDIT CHANGES

June 7, 2018

CPAG warmly welcomes the Government’s  announcement  today that it will improve universal credit for some claimants moving over from legacy benefits including protecting those with severe disabilites from losses as they move to the new benefit .  But the charity urges comparable improvements for claimants with disabled children.

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Nora Uhrig of Equality and Human Rights Commission joins our panel at conference

5 June 2018

Nora Uhrig, Senior Associate - Scotland Programmes at the Equality and Human Rights Commission will join the panel at our conference in just a few weeks time. This afternoon plenary session; 'Social security: a human right being realised or under threat' will be chaired by BBC Scotland Special Correspondent Ken MacDonald.

Other panellists already announced; David Wallace of Social Security Agency Implementation at Scottish Government, Eleanor Deeming of Scottish Human Rights Commission and Carla Clarke of CPAG.

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120,000 families to benefit from new £100 national minimum school clothing grant

29 May 2018

CPAG in Scotland is delighted to welcome the new £100 national minimum school clothing grant in Scotland. We have been campaigning with One Parent Families Scotland, the Poverty Truth Commission and others over many years for a minimum level of grant.

Currently school clothing grants vary – from £50 to £110 – depending on where families live. Now, all eligible families, regardless of their local authority area, will have access to the same minimum level of financial support for school clothing.

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Minimum £100 school clothing grant welcomed by child poverty campaigners

 

John Dickie, Director of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, today (25/5/18) welcomed a new Scotland-wide minimum level of school clothing grant of £100. The Group have been campaigning with One Parent Families Scotland, the Poverty Truth Commission and others over many years for a minimum level of grant. Currently school clothing grants vary – from £50 to £110 – depending on where families live.

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