The Social Security (Scotland) Bill

Issue 259 (August 2017)

Kirsty McKechnie and Jenny Duncan describe an important step towards primary legislation regarding benefits in Scotland.

UC earnings and problems

Issue 259 (August 2017)

David Simmons describes some of the issues when a claimant is paid twice during a universal credit (UC) monthly assessment period.

From ESA to UC

Issue 259 (August 2017)

Simon Osborne looks at the rules regarding claimants ‘migrating’ from employment and support allowance (ESA) to universal credit (UC).

Does the cap still fit?

Issue 259 (August 2017)

Carla Clarke reviews the latest on legal challenges to the benefit cap.

Give Me Five - child benefit top up campaign

30 August 2017

We are members of the Give Me Five Campaign - calling on MSPs to ensure the 2018/19 budget and Scottish Government spending plans include a top-up of child benefit by £5 per week.

Sign our petition

Email your MSP

Find out more about the campaign here and how to get involved.

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CPAG Response to Social Security (Scotland) Bill Call for Evidence

August 2017

A well-functioning social security system is a key pillar for the prevention and eradication of poverty.

CPAG in Scotland sets out its views here on the Social Security (Scotland) Bill in response to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee's Call for Evidence.

OUT NOW - Benefits for Migrants Handbook | 9th edition

25 September 2017

The handbook is the complete and definitive guide to the social security entitlement conditions that are specific to those who have come to or are leaving the UK. For more information and to order your copy, click here

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Alternatives to Cash - Social Security (Scotland) Bill - Briefing

August 2017

Other than in carefully defined and restricted circumstances, all social security benefits should be delivered in cash rather than in kind.

This briefing note sets out CPAG Scotland's main concerns around the provisions within the Social Security (Scotland) Bill on the types of assistance to be given.

Redeterminations and appeals - Social Security (Scotland) Bill - Briefing

August 2017

This briefing looks at the new approach of redeterminations and appeals outlined in the Social Security (Scotland) Bill and how far it improves on the current system of mandatory reconsideration (MR).

CPAG is concerned that the Bill as published retains key characteristics of the current process (MR) that act as a barrier to a fair hearing.