Category Archives: Welfare Reform

OPFS Response to Scottish Parliament Inequality Debate

One Parent Families Scotland has responded to comments made by Michelle Ballantyne MSP when she said the poor “can’t have as many children as they like” during a debate about inequality in the Scottish Parliament yesterday. Marion Davis, head of …

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Social Security and In-Work Poverty Inquiry Submission

OPFS replied to the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee inquiry into social security and in-work poverty. The Committee’s focus is on the potential impact of Universal Credit on in-work poverty and indications of increasing needs in working households. Single parents …

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How universal credit is paid

Your payment of universal credit depends on your circumstances and your income in each complete assessment period. The assessment period for universal credit is one month.

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Index of universal credit updates

We have an ongoing series of universal credit updates to help you with changes to your benefits.  What is universal credit? Universal credit or UC is a new benefit that has been introduced to simplify the current benefit system. It replaces …

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New £100 minimum national school clothing grant

Thousands to benefit from minimum £100 grant. An estimated 120,000 families will benefit from a new £100 national minimum school clothing grant in Scotland as a result of partnership working between Scotland’s Local Authorities and the Scottish Government. Thanks to …

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Scottish Government Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan – OPFS Response

The Child Poverty (Scotland) Act, which aims to reduce child poverty to less than 10% by 2030, says the Scottish Government must prepare a “delivery plan” which sets out the measures that aim to achieve the child poverty targets. Responding …

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Lone parents and disabled people worst hit by welfare reforms

An evidence review by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) researchers on the impact of welfare reforms since 2010 found that they affected the income, living standards and opportunities of a number of protected groups – with …

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CPAG / OPFS Benefit Cap – Impact in Scotland Report

One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) and Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland (CPAG) have published a new report today on the the impact of the lower Benefit Cap which was introduced in November 2016 to £20,000 per annum (£13,400 for single people without children). …

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OPFS Briefing on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act

OPFS warmly welcomes the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act. We are extremely pleased that the Act contains a duty to eradicate child poverty and that there are clear and identifiable targets about when and how this should be achieved. We particularly welcome the fact …

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Scottish Civil Society backs call to end the benefit freeze

Forty-five organisations across Scotland have called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to end the freeze on working age and children’s benefits in the November budget. Charities, trades unions and faith groups have joined to highlight the increasingly negative impact …

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