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Universal credit full service – early warning

Issue 255 (December 2016)
Kirsty McKechnie describes some early examples of problems with the operation of the ‘full service’ of universal credit, as reported to CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System.

Consultation on exceptions to the two-child limit: CPAG's response

09 December 2016
CPAG has responded to the government's consultation on exceptions to the two child limit for payments of tax credits and universal credit. CPAG is opposed to the policy in its entirety, because it will deny children their entitlement to the support needed to provide a decent standard of living, and is expected to increase child poverty.

Autumn Statement: “hugely disappointing” say child poverty campaigners

30 November 2016

Autumn Statement: tweaks dwarfed by Summer Budget cuts for JAMs

23 November 2016
The small gains for ‘just managing’ families in today’s Autumn Statement are welcome but for most of these households, they will be dwarfed by the losses they will sustain as a result of Summer 2015 Budget social security cuts.

A ‘tax’ on work?

11 November 2016
Universal Credit, the new benefit for families on low incomes, was claimed to have huge potential to reduce child poverty, incentivise work and make life easier for struggling families. But this isn’t how it is turning out.

CPAG in Scotland's full response to the Scottish Government's consultation on social security in Scotland

31 October 2016

Universal credit and ‘natural migration’

Issue 254 (October 2016)
Simon Osborne looks at the circumstances in which a claimant with current entitlement to a ‘legacy’ benefit can end up on universal credit (UC) following a change in circumstances.

Early Warning System - report on emerging themes

24 October 2016

Child poverty campaigners call on Scottish Government to use new social security powers to help eradicate child poverty

24 October 2016