Welfare rights adviser, Early Warning System
By Kirsty McKechnie
Latest include: lone parents with no childcare being told to take unpaid leave, families claiming UC not realising their tax credits would stop and EU nationals with little or no access to benefits just now
Latest issues emerging from the Early Warning System include: claimants subject to the benefit cap not benefiting from the increase in UC, EU nationals with no entitlement to means-tested benefits; disabled people struggling to claim PIP or partake in assessments, and the impact of bereavement on social security entitlement
Latest findings emerging from the Early Warning System include: difficulty accessing PIP claim forms, people accruing rent arrears because they are unable to move and confusion about which benefit to claim
The Early Warning System was set up by CPAG in Scotland to collect and analyse case evidence about how social security changes are affecting the wellbeing of children, their families and the communities that support them. We will be producing a regular summary of emerging issues during the Covid 19 pandemic. This summary includes case studies from the week 13th – 17th April
This briefing provides an overview of Early Warning System evidence in relation to universal credit gathered between October and December 2019
25 September 2019
It is one year since Social Security Scotland became operational and CPAG in Scotland's Early Warning System has been monitoring its progress as it started to deliver new benefits.
CPAG in Scotland responded to the Scottish Government's consultation on improving temporary accommodation standards to highlight the need to incorporate the impact of social security changes into guidance on the standards.
20 August 2019
As the school year starts again, parents will be sending their wee ones off to school or nursery and will perhaps be thinking about moving into work themselves. For lots of people this will also involve turning to universal credit for help to pay with childcare costs. A new report from CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System suggests for some parents and childcare providers claiming universal credit childcare costs may be not be entirely straightforward.
Financial support to low income families to pay for childcare through working tax credits is being replaced by the childcare element of universal credit. This Early Warning System report examines the impact of this change on parents and childcare providers.
18 July 2017
The Scottish Government has published its fourth and final annual report on the impacts of welfare reform in Scotland, looking back to reforms introduced since 2010 and looking ahead to 2020.
25 January 2017
24 November 2015