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Improving Benefit take up is vital in the challenge of eradicating child poverty

OPFS has sent evidence to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee ‘Inquiry into benefit take-up’.

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Submission to The Scottish Affairs Committee 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.

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OPFS submission to the Scottish Government Disability Assistance Consultation

‘Disability Assistance’ benefits are the next big step in creating a social security system in Scotland. The new benefits will be equivalent to those presently delivered by the DWP. This includes: Disability Living Allowance;  Child Disability Living Allowance (Child DLA); …

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A new Job Grant for young people who face barriers to gaining employment

The grant will providing support to young people with costs of starting work, is being introduced by the Scottish Government. See our submission,

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Scottish government consultation on fraud in the social security system

OPFS welcomes commitment that the Scottish Social Security Agency will treat those who use the service with dignity, respect and fairness.

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Scottish government consultation on fraud in the social security system – OPFS Response

OPFS welcomes the commitment that the Scottish Social Security Agency will treat those who use the service with dignity, respect and fairness. The process of developing the suite of early years benefits – Best Start Grants in particular – has …

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Social Security and In-Work Poverty Inquiry

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.

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Welfare Foods – consultation on meeting needs of children and families in Scotland

OPFS recognises that for many families headed by a single parent, maintaining a healthy diet is a daily financial challenge, particularly in the context of punitive UK welfare reform. There is strong evidence of the impact of diet in children’s early years.

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Best Start Grant Draft Regulations

OPFS submission to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft regulations for the new Best Start Grant welcomed it as an encouraging step forward for Scotland.

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Inquiry into attainment and achievement of school aged children experiencing poverty

OPFS submission to Scottish Parliament Education & Skills Committee

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