Category Archives: News

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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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