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Disabled young learners locked out of universal credit

08 December 2021
New regulations will come into force on 15 December 2021 that further restrict access to universal credit (UC) for disabled young people in education. This contradicts government policy to support disabled people ‘to live independently and achieve their potential’ by making it harder for them to advance their skills or in some cases complete basic education.

FREE SCHOOL MEALS POLICY PAPER

07 December 2021
At present, only some universal credit and child tax credit claimants are entitled to means-tested free school meals. Immediately extending entitlement to all families in receipt of these benefits would have many benefits for a relatively low cost.

Transforming social security: How do we provide secure futures for children and families?

03 December 2021
Our Secure Futures for Children and Families project asks the question: What does a social security system that provides a secure future for children and families look like? Through a programme of roundtable events with different audiences, four citizens’ juries, and a series of written contributions, we have explored this question in detail. This report brings together what we learned from these activities.

Policy briefing – The problem with universal credit’s assessment periods and how to fix it

22 November 2021
UC claimants paid weekly, two-weekly or four-weekly sometimes receive an additional pay cheque in a single UC assessment period. This causes the claimant’s UC award to drop significantly even when there is no change in their circumstances. CPAG frequently hears from working claimants struggling to manage financially because their UC income is so volatile.

End Child Poverty Letter to Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy

18 November 2021
End Child Poverty members in Scotland have written to Kate Forbes MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy calling on her to the upcoming Scottish budget to make resources available so that the Scottish Child Payment can be doubled immediately.

Tax policy and the budget: consultation response

17 November 2021
CPAG in Scotland's response to the Scottish Government's consultation on Tax Policy and the 2022 Scottish Budget.

Accessing Scottish social security benefits debate MSPs briefing

17 November 2021
On 4th November, the Scottish Parliament held a debate on childcare, entitled 'Accessing Scottish social security benefits'. CPAG in Scotland prepared the following briefing for this debate.

Early learning and childcare – 1,140 hours and beyond MSPs briefing

17 November 2021
On 3rd November, the Scottish Parliament held a debate on childcare, entitled 'Early learning and childcare – 1,140 hours and beyond'. CPAG in Scotland prepared the following briefing for this debate.

Brighter futures: the future path of child poverty in Northern Ireland

11 November 2021
Without action, child poverty in Northern Ireland will rise over the next few years. A slow labour market recovery, a weakened social security system, and a growing income gap between families are contributing to a rising tide of child poverty. New analysis in this briefing paper shows that by 2024/25 child poverty is projected to rise to over 25 per cent. But the analysis also shows that this isn’t inevitable.

CPAG post-budget briefing

27 October 2021
There were some welcome announcements in today’s budget and spending review that will help support children and families on a low income, but this was not a budget that prioritised ending child poverty.