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Universal credit

Universal credit and students

This factsheet explains the rules for students claiming universal credit in Scotland.

Universal credit for lone parent students

This factsheet has information about universal credit for lone parents on a course of education.

Benefits and tax credits for lone parent students

This factsheet sets out the main social security benefits and tax credits that lone parents may be able to claim during a course of education.

Parents claiming for young people in further education or training

Factsheet explaining when a parent, or someone responsible for a child, can continue to claim benefit for a child aged 16 or over.

Benefits for young people in further education or training

This factsheet covers the rules for young people in further education or on certain training courses claiming means-tested benefits.

Computer says 'no!' - stage two: challenging decisions

This report is the second in a series looking at problems with understanding decisions, challenging errors and protecting the rights of people claiming universal credit (UC). It outlines some of the problems claimants experience when they try to challenge a decision about their UC award. These problems have been identified by analysing case studies received via CPAG’s Early Warning System (EWS).

Universal credit and prison

Issue 271 (August 2019)
People entering and leaving prison tend to encounter a specific set of difficulties within the universal credit (UC) system. These include confusion about whether they are entitled to UC, doubts about whether they have permanently lost entitlement to legacy benefits and the consequences of detention for those claiming benefits because they have limited capability for work. Barbara Donegan explains.

UC date of claim and Help to Claim

Issue 271 (August 2019)
It is now clear that the DWP does not accept that use of the ‘Help to Claim’ service (operated by Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland) permits a claimant to rely on rules allowing the date of a claim for universal credit (UC) to be fixed at the date help is first requested. Simon Osborne explains.