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.

The Cost of a Child 2017

21 August 2017

Parents working full time on the ‘national living wage’ (NLW) are significantly short of the income needed to give children an acceptable minimum living standard – as defined by the public – and the shortfall will grow as inflation combines with the current freeze on benefits to put family budgets under new strain, CPAG's new report warns.

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INFLATION AND BENEFIT FREEZE DRAGGING WORKING PARENTS FURTHER AWAY FROM BEING ABLE TO MEET BASIC FAMILY COSTS

August 21, 2017

Parents working full time on the ‘national living wage’ (NLW) are significantly short of the income needed to give children an acceptable minimum living standard – as defined by the public – and the shortfall will grow as inflation combines with the current freeze on benefits to put family budgets under new strain, a report (1) warns.

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How local authority accreditation boosts number of London Living Wage employers

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About half of all London local authorities are accredited Living Wage employers and, according to our analysis, significantly more local employers pay the London Living Wage where this is the case. Their leadership may have a ‘ripple effect’ in encouraging other organisations to become Living Wage employers.

LIVING WAGE COUNCILS HAVE POSITIVE RIPPLE EFFECT ON LOCAL BUSINESSES

August 7, 2017

London businesses are more likely to pay the real Living Wage if their local council is an accredited Living Wage employer, analysis in a new guide from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Living Wage Foundation shows. The charities have identified a positive ‘ripple effect’ on local businesses when their council gets Living Wage accreditation.

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CPAG wins breakthrough case on access to tribunals

4 August 2017

The Upper Tribunal today declared the Government’s restrictions on access to the social security appeals system to be unlawful, in a test case brought by CPAG.  The decision enhances and protects the appeal rights of the hundreds of thousands of benefit claimants who each year seek to challenge refusals of benefit. 

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CPAG wins breakthrough case as operation of late mandatory reconsideration scheme ruled unlawful

August 4, 2017

“… significant number of claimants… entitled to benefits not being paid them…”

The Upper Tribunal (UT) has today declared the Government’s restrictions on access to the social security appeals system to be unlawful, in a test case brought by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) The Tribunal’s decision enhances and protects the appeal rights of the hundreds of thousands of benefit claimants who each year seek to challenge refusals of benefit.

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Big jump in capped households

3 August 2017

Today's DWP figures show a huge rise in the number of families hit by the benefit cap -  7 in 10 are single parents with young children and most are not required to work.

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BIG RISE IN FAMILIES SUCKED INTO THE BENEFIT CAP

August 3, 2017

Government figures out today show a huge jump in the number of households hit by the benefit cap since it was lowered in November 2016, with many areas of the country seeing more than a threefold rise. 

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Are you ready for Universal Credit?

5 December 2017

To help you get to grips with universal credit we are running courses on the new benefit, and have a range of resources. View them here

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