06 October 2023
CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System has been operating for ten years! Over Challenge Poverty Week we are looking back at some of the social security events in this period, key findings from the Early Warning System and how they have influenced policy and practise. This blogs looks back at universal credit and how Early Warning System evidence can influence its future.
03 October 2023
CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System has been operating for ten years! Today we are focusing on the welfare reforms that broke the connection between need and support in the social security system.
02 October 2023
CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System has been operating for ten years! Over Challenge Poverty Week we will look back at some of the social security events in this period, key findings from the Early Warning System and how they have influenced policy and practise. Looking ahead we will identify how Early Warning System evidence and analysis can inform the future shape of social security at UK, Scotland and local level.
24 February 2023
The Scottish Government’s announcement this week of increased funding for discretionary housing payments (DHPs) to mitigate the benefit cap as fully as possible is hugely welcome. It is vital now that people affected by the benefit cap apply to their local authority as soon as possible and ask for a backdate to the beginning of this year.
14 October 2022
Did you miss our event on the future of the Scottish child payment? The slides are now available.
06 April 2022
Kirsty McKechnie writes about what we have learned from the Early Warning System case evidence about impact and operation of the two-child limit in Scotland.
16 February 2022
This reports looks at the challenges universal credit poses for parents who rely on it to pay for their childcare costs and for childcare staff who rely on it to supplement their incomes.
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.
06 October 2021
The £20 cut to universal credit represents the biggest single cut to social security since World War II and is happening at the same time as food and heating costs are rising. This blog provides practical tips on how to support families struggling to stretch their shrinking budgets. You do not have to be a benefits expert to do this.
25 June 2021
CPAG in Scotland’s Kirsty McKechnie responds to the Scottish Affairs Committee’s report on welfare policy in Scotland