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Universal credit update and tactics

01 March 2022
Places available to book on our online training course 15 - 16 March

Kinship carers and universal credit - lessons in complexity

23 February 2022
New report looks at the challenges that UC poses for kinship carers in Scotland

UC families face £570 real terms income cut as costs surge

16 February 2022
DWP figures out show 254 393 children in Scotland were in families on universal credit (UC) in November– (3.6 million across GB). Analysis by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) shows that because universal credit is set to rise by only 3.1% this April when inflation is expected to peak at 7.25%, most of these families face a real-terms cut of around £570 per year in UK social security support

The £20 cut - what now for families?

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.

New report: After the universal credit cut - what now?

06 October 2021
In a short new report, 'After the universal credit cut – what now?', published as part of Challenge Poverty Week, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland says too many families don’t claim council tax reduction or other benefits that they have a right to, including additional support for disabilities or long term illness. With a £1040 a year cut to their universal credit now a harsh reality they say it is vital these families are supported to get the benefits they are still entitled to.

New report: After the universal credit cut - what now

06 October 2021
As part of Challenge Poverty Week we have published a short new report about the cut to universal credit in Scotland and a blog on how to support on how to support families affected by the cut.

NEW! Two more Scotland Webinars announced

14 September 2021
IT's here - The new child disability payment from Social Security Scotland / Mix 'n ' Match - UC when you're pension age

Time for Lunch: why children in poverty are currently denied free school meals

03 September 2021
For children living in poverty, school should be a place where they can access learning and essential opportunities in the same way as their peers. Free school meals should be available so children can eat during their school day without any worry and parents have one less thing to think about. That way, children can focus on learning, playing and fully participating in their education. Unfortunately, for more than a third of children in poverty in the UK, access to a free daily meal at school is denied.

Response to Scottish Affairs Committee's report on welfare policy in Scotland

25 June 2021
CPAG in Scotland’s Kirsty McKechnie responds to the Scottish Affairs Committee’s report on welfare policy in Scotland