Latest Students and Benefits Bulletin live

22 March 2018

The March 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 latest training courses, universal credit update, claiming benefits when a course ends, the new ILF transition fund and LEAD Scotland's Trusts guide.

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CPAG's response to annual poverty statistics

22 March 2018

Read our statement on the publication of the government's annual poverty statistics.

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CPAG's response to annual poverty statistics

March 22, 2018
  • 30% of children in poverty for second year running after housing costs (AHC) – increase from 4 million to 4.1 million
  • 67% of poor children in working families (AHC)
  • Risk of poverty for self-employed couples with children up from 30% to 33% (AHC)
  • Risk of poverty for children in lone parent families up from 47% to 49% (AHC)
  • Risk of poverty for children in families with 3 or more children up from 39% to 42% (AHC)
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Scotland Welfare Rights Conference 2018

26 March 2018

Friday 22 June 2018, Glasgow

Booking is now open for our annual welfare rights conference - for advisers, support workers and all those working to maximise family incomes. Click here for more info and to book.

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LCC students create animations showing experience of poverty

19 March 2018

CPAG has been working with students at the London College of Communication, part of the University of the Arts London, on a project to create animations which convey the experience of child poverty.

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March 15, 2018

The Court of Appeal today overturned a High Court ruling that the lower benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children aged under two but left the door open for a wider challenge to the lawfulness of the cap as it applies to all lone parents. The Court ruled that the case had not demonstrated that lone parents of children aged under two were substantially more disadvantaged by the cap than lone parents in general.

Commenting on the judgment, Child Poverty Action Group solicitor Carla Clarke said:

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The free school meals poverty trap

March 2018

Up to now, all families receiving universal credit have been eligible for free school meals. However, from 1 April 2018 in England, the Government plans to introduce a new earnings limit so that families on universal credit earning over £7,400 a year (after tax and national insurance) are no longer eligible.

While some families will be protected in the universal credit transitional period, we are concerned about the impact that the measure will have on work incentives during, and following, full rollout.

Happy, Healthy Starts

Latest figures show that child poverty is rising. There are currently 4 million children living in poverty in the UK, and there are projected to be 5.1 million by 2021. While the government doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge this reality, most starkly illustrated by its refusal to discuss the impact of universal credit on child poverty, others are keen to find practical ways to address the problem.

Interview: Paul Gray

Issue 159 (Winter 2018)

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) is an independent, non-partisan, statutory body of experts, set up in 1980 to advise the Secretary of State on secondary legislation and to scrutinise how social security policy will be implemented. It also carries out independent work to build an evidence base, stimulate debate and introduce new thinking. Paul Gray has chaired SSAC since 2011, following a career in the civil service which included roles as second permanent secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and chair at HM Revenue and Customs.