Early Warning System (Scotland) briefings, reports and articles

Latest Early Warning System Findings

Universal credit and childcare (October 2021)

Report highlighting challenges universal credit poses for parent relying on it to pay for childcare and for childcare staff who rely on to supplement their income


Access to universal credit for refugees and their families (October 2021)

Report highlighting difficulties experienced when trying to claim UC 


Assessment delays for ill health and disability - update (May 2021)

Update to the previous report following a meeting with DWP officials

Assessment delays for ill health and disability (January 2021)

This report highlights that delays carrying out assessments for benefits mean that many disabled people are not receiving, or are losing support, intended to help them meet the additional costs of ill health or disability 


Latest findings from the Early Warning System – July/August 2020

This briefing includes issues with UC calculations, tax credit claimants migrating to UC prematurely, disabled people financially disadvantaged by the lack of work capability assessments being carried out and migrants experiencing hardship due to restrictions on benefit entitlement.


Impact of COVID 19 on families (July 2020)

Impact of COVID 19 on people with disabilities and their carers (July 2020)

Impact of COVID 19 on migrants (July 2020)


18th - 29th May

4th -16th May

27th April - 1st May

20-24th April

13-17th April


Domestic abuse

Social security and domestic abuse (February 2019)


Scottish social security

Social Security Scotland is One (September 2019)

Universal credit



Administrative problems
Benefit cap
Briefings for Scottish Parliament
Children service's planning
Devolved powers
EEA nationals
Scottish Welfare Fund
Tax credits
Two child limit
Universal credit
Seminar presentations - Mitigating the impacts of universal credit:
Seminar workshops:
Universal credit and childcare