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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.

Adult disability payment consultation

21 October 2021
CPAG in Scotland’s response to SCOSS’ request for views on the draft Disability Assistance for Working Age People (Scotland) Regulations

Access to universal credit for refugees and their families

18 October 2021
This report highlights findings from the Early Warning System and meetings with organisations supporting refugees about experiences of claiming universal credit and some of the difficulties encountered.

London Calling: "Stretched too far"

15 October 2021
This report pulls together the views and experiences shared by parents and young people in the capital during the first year of the London Calling project. It looks at the key barriers to a good quality of life for children and families living on a low income in London in 2021, examines the effect of the pandemic on these barriers, and sets out what CPAG’s panel of low-income parents in London want the future to look like for themselves and their families.