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Open letter to teachers from a single parent in poverty

Open letter to teachers from a single parent in poverty

For #ChallengePoverty Week a single parent to a nine-year-old boy wrote an open letter to teachers telling teachers what they should know about the challenges of her son’s life outside school. This was originally shared by Save the Children Scotland with the Tes website. (more…)

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Changes to benefits – October update

Changes to benefits – October update

There are a number of changes taking place to the benefits system. From October, the maximum rate at which deductions can be made from Universal Credit, to repay an advance payment, will be reduced from 40% to 30% of the standard allowance of Universal Credit. However, if parent has taken an advance and they won’t be able to repay it in time, the DWP can carry on taking deductions of more than 30% of their standard allowance to get it repaid within the 12 monthly payments.

Another change from October is that working parents will be given an extra month to apply for a refund for up to 85 per cent – or a maximum of £646.35 a month for one child, or £1,108.04 a month for two or more children – of their childcare costs. (more…)

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Challenge Poverty Week – PAS guest blog

Challenge Poverty Week – PAS guest blog

Parenting Across Scotland have published a series of guest blogs for #ChallengePovertyWeek. The latest one is from our Head of Policy & Strategy, Marion Davies. (more…)

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Challenge Poverty Week – Dundee

Challenge Poverty Week – Dundee

We know from experience of supporting single parent families that not having enough money to buy everything you need, including food, is becoming a growing problem. This is a recognised problem in Dundee, as in other parts of the country, and the need to use Foodbanks and local Community Larders are on the increase. A Menu for Change research report highlights that 21% of single parent families face food insecurity. The experience of food insecurity makes it difficult for single parents to fulfil their caring responsibilities. (more…)

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Get Heard Scotland events during Challenge Poverty Week

Get Heard Scotland events during Challenge Poverty Week

Do you want to influence the decisions that affect poverty? Then join us at these sessions this Challenge Poverty Week (7th -13th October) and Get Heard!

Get Heard Scotland helps people affected by poverty get their voices heard on the policies and decisions that most impact their lives. Put simply, it aims to find out what is working, what is not and what people would like to see changed to help reduce poverty. Most importantly, GHS should have a real impact on policy, and on the lives of people living in communities affected by poverty across Scotland. (more…)

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Review of Universal Credit after twelve assessment periods

Review of Universal Credit after twelve assessment periods

If, or when, you have been in receipt of Universal Credit and in the ‘Intensive Work Search’ or ‘Light touch’ regime for twelve assessment periods you will be sent a ‘Review your details to-do’. This will involve being asked to re-declare your circumstances and if any of the claim details are no longer correct, the system will ask the claimant to report a change of circumstances.

The ‘to-do’ will include a deadline explaining the failure to complete the action within 14 days will result in the claim being suspended on the 15th day. If not completed by this time you will then be given a further 15 days to update and if not completed the claim is closed. (more…)

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Challenge Poverty Week

Challenge Poverty Week

This year Challenge Poverty Week runs from 7-13th October. OPFS and other anti-poverty groups from across Scotland are coming together to call for more compassion to break the grip of poverty on people’s lives. (more…)

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Help to Save account launched

Help to Save account launched

Help to Save is a digital savings account designed to encourage working individuals and households on low incomes to save regularly. The accounts are secure, simple to use and flexible.

The scheme is open to working people eligible for Working Tax Credit or claiming Universal Credit. Savers will receive a tax-free Government bonus of 50p for every £1 of eligible savings instead of interest. (more…)

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Funeral Support Payment

Funeral Support Payment

The Funeral Support Payment is a new payment available to people in Scotland, who are on certain benefits or tax credits, and need support to meet the costs of a funeral. (more…)

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Impact of UK welfare policies in Scotland

Impact of UK welfare policies in Scotland

Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry, examining the impact of UK welfare policies in Scotland.

OPFS submission says welfare reform and the freezing of social security payments are the key cause of a dramatic increase in child poverty in single parent families. OPFS says parents need a social security system which recognises their particular needs and provides an adequate safety net as well as playing a role in preventing poverty. (more…)

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