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Universal credit claimants left in the dark about their entitlements

01 May 2019
Universal credit (UC) claimants are routinely in the dark about how much they should receive, how their awards are calculated and if and how they can challenge DWP decisions, because the Department’s communications with claimants are opaque and inadequate.

New report: domestic violence and financial support

23 November 2017
Our new report, which draws on evidence from our advice work, outlines a problem some women have when they leave an abusive partner and need benefits to support their children.

CPAG launches new universal credit email advice service

07 March 2017
CPAG has launched a new universal credit email advice service for advisers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The service is designed to supplement our Handbooks, telephone advice service and online information provided on our website through Ask CPAG.

Scottish Government consulation on social security in Scotland

19 October 2016
Read our briefing which give an overview of some of the key points we’re likely to raise in our consultation response. These include the need to use new ‘top-up’ power to invest in child benefit and the need to ensure benefits for carers and disabled people are adequate and fairly delivered.

Programme for Scottish Government 2016-2021

08 April 2016
The next Scottish Government will be confronted with an imminent rise in child poverty, with a projected 50% increase by 2020 largely driven by UK tax and benefit policies. With this in mind our programme for government sets out a range of measures aimed at prioritising the eradication of child poverty in Scotland and minimising its damaging effects on children, families, services and the country’s economy. Read CPAG in Scotland's Programme for Scottish Government 2016 - 2021 here.

New report on food bank use in Scotland

22 September 2015
'Hard Choices: Reducing the need for food banks in Scotland' explores in depth the stories of six families accessing food banks in one local authority area in central Scotland. It uses them to illustrate the findings of wider UK research of which they were a part, and to discuss the implications for policy makers, services providers and employers in Scotland.