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Universal credit and students

April 2020
This factsheet explains the rules for students claiming universal credit in Scotland.

Universal credit for lone parent students

April 2020
This factsheet has information about universal credit for lone parents on a course of education.

Benefits and tax credits for lone parent students

April 2020
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.

Coronavirus: Child Poverty Action Group calls for emergency child payment for families hit by school closures

16 March 2020
Child Poverty Action Group is urging the Government to increase payments for children if schools close because of Coronavirus, to protect children in low-income families facing extra financial pressure and the loss of free school meals. Ideally the payments could be made through a £10 per week uplift in child benefit for the duration of the pandemic.

Budget 2020: families need more support in health and in sickness

11 March 2020
Commenting on today’s Budget, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham said: "New Corona virus emergency measures on Statutory Sickness Pay, employment support allowance and universal credit are welcome but low-income families need support in health and in sickness. When it comes to the nation’s longer-term priorities, action on poverty must trump potholes and pubs. We need to properly re-invest in our social infrastructure."

2020 Budget consultation

06 March 2020
CPAG responded to the Government's consultation before the 2020 Budget.

Early Warning System E-Bulletin - February 2020

February 2020
Summary of universal credit mandatory reconsideration problems coming into the EWS and an invitation to complete an MR survey.

Response to Scottish Government consultation on Housing to 2040

28 February 2020
Our response to the Scottish Government's consultation on Housing to 2040 highlights the role housing can play in tackling child poverty and the interaction between social security and people's ability to pay their housing costs.