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Latest findings from the Early Warning System – July/August 2020

08 September 2020
This briefing includes issues with UC calculations, tax credit claimants migrating to UC prematurely, disabled people financially disadvantaged by the lack of work capability assessments being carried out and migrants experiencing hardship due to restrictions on benefit entitlement.

Algorithms in social security: cause for concern?

28 August 2020
Two weeks ago pupils, parents and schools were up in arms when the news broke that 40 per cent of teacher-assessed A level results had been downgraded by at least one grade. The culprit? A computer, or to be precise, an algorithm. This episode clearly shows the chaos that can be caused to people’s lives when the technology that so many parts of public services now rely on goes wrong.

[FULLY BOOKED] Universal credit update and tactics (Scotland) 1 - 2 December ONLINE

1st December 2020 to 2nd December 2020
Online Scotland
Universal credit (UC) changes all the time, as the law is amended, as it is implemented in practice, and as local delivery changes. This course is an opportunity for experienced...

Universal credit for ill health and disability (Scotland) 18 - 19 November 2020 ONLINE

18th November 2020 to 19th November 2020
Online Scotland
This course looks at the universal credit (UC) rules that particularly affect ill or disabled people. It will equip you to advise clients about the transfer to UC, including through...

Universal credit - transferring from benefits and tax credits (Scotland) 3 December 2020 ONLINE

3rd December 2020
Online Scotland
This course focuses on the transitional issues for claimants who are moving from legacy benefits and tax credits to universal credit (UC). With so many people needing extra financial support...

Coronavirus and benefits – sickness, furlough and redundancy (Scotland) 11 December 2020 ONLINE

11th December 2020
Online Scotland
The government’s extended coronavirus job retention scheme and self-employment income support scheme will continue to provide help during the pandemic, while other support has been introduced for low income workers...

Coronavirus and benefits – sickness, furlough and redundancy (Scotland) 8 October 2020 ONLINE

8th October 2020
Online Scotland
As the government’s job retention scheme and self-employed income support scheme come to an end, some people may have the option of returning to work at reduced hours, while others...

Universal credit – the online claim (Scotland) 20 November 2020 ONLINE

20th November 2020
Online Scotland
Helping someone to claim universal credit while providing advice over the phone or by email presents new challenges for advisers. Knowing what each step of the claim form looks like...

Universal credit and students (Scotland) 6 - 7 October 2020 ONLINE

6th October 2020 to 7th October 2020
Online Scotland
With the introduction of universal credit, the benefit rules for students as we know them are swept away and new rules set up in their place. This course explains which...

Poverty in the pandemic: The impact of coronavirus on low-income families and children

25 August 2020
Coronavirus has turned the lives of families with children upside down. Many parents have lost jobs or been furloughed and many schools and childcare facilities have largely been closed, leaving those still in work facing the impossible task of balancing work with childcare and home schooling. These challenges are particularly acute for low-income families. This new report from CPAG and the Church of England offers an important insight into the day-to-day struggles that families have been dealing with, as well as their strength and resilience in managing such an array of challenges on a limited income.