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Early Warning System in Scotland

EWS

The Early Warning System (EWS) was set up by CPAG in Scotland to collect and analyse case evidence about how changes in the benefit system are affecting the wellbeing of children, their families and the communities and services that support them.

We analyse queries made to our advice service, submissions from frontline workers, including welfare rights advisors, housing officers and support workers.

In partnership with Dr. Morag Treanor of the University of Edinburgh, we have also been working with a group of low income families over a number of years to gain an in-depth understanding of how poverty and benefit changes are affecting child and family wellbeing.

The cases and research are enabling us to develop and share our knowledge on the impact of changes to the benefit system and to identify how policies and services in Scotland can continue to contribute to delivery of better outcomes for children.

Read all our Early Warning System (Scotland) briefings

Go to policy briefings and consultation responses informed by Early Warning System evidence

Submit your cases

For further information about the Early Warning System findings or contributing case studies, please contact:

Kirsty McKechnie

Tel: 0141 611 7091

Email: kmckechnie@cpagscotland.org.uk

This project is supported by Children, Young People & Families Early Intervention Fundervention Fund, managed on behalf of the Scottish Government by CORRA foundation.

Latest from the Early Warning System in Scotland

Mind the gaps - briefing 11

Today, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published the most recent set of statistics on the number of households affected by the benefit cap. The number of households affected by the benefit cap (up to May 2020) has almost doubled when compared to the previous quarter – 154,000 households are now affected by the benefit cap compared to 79,000 in February 2020.

Impact of COVID 19 on people with disabilities and their carers

This report focuses on social security issues during lock down, highlighting problems making and maintaining claims without support, difficulties participating telephone assessments and appeals, some PIP awards stopping and uncertainty about whether others would be extended, a number of severely disabled and terminally ill people not receiving additional amounts they were entitled to and a gap in support for some carers.

Mind the gaps - briefing 10

This is the tenth in a series of regular briefings, Mind the Gaps, which highlight some of the gaps in support that exist for children and families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Evidence of these gaps is drawn from our Early Warning System (EWS) which collects case studies from frontline practitioners working directly with families on the problems they are seeing with the social security system.

Resources for people who work with families

EWS-Info-booklet

WHAT IS WELFARE REFORM AND HOW IS IT AFFECTING FAMILIES?

A resource for people who work with low-income families, based on findings from CPAG in Scotland's Early Warning System
EWS-Midwives-Booklet

REDUCING CHILD POVERTY BEFORE AND AFTER BIRTH

A resource and timeline for midwives highlighting some of the practical steps they can take to increase a family's income and financial security

Welfare reforms that are affecting families

A factsheet detailing all the changes to the benefit system that have or will affect families