CPAG’s Online Publications

Scottish online handbooks are free to view and no log in/registration is required.

CPAG’s Online Publications contain the web’s most comprehensive in-depth information on welfare benefits and tax credits.

This online service includes the full text of the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook, searchable and linked internally so you can skip to the next piece of relevant information with one mouse click. It is updated on a rolling basis throughout the year-an invaluable service that means your online Handbook will keep pace with social security reform and changes to the law.

It is independent and authoritative, produced by CPAG advisers or by other experienced welfare rights advisers.

You may also access complimentary editions of the Benefits for Students in Scotland and Children's Handbook Scotland, via this online service.

Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook

Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook

This edition gives comprehensive advice about entitlement in 2017/18.

It includes new and updated information on:

  • who can claim benefits and tax credits
  • the introduction and implementation of universal credit
  • disability and incapacity benefits, and the work capability assessment for employment and support allowance
  • dealing with benefit sanctions
  • challenging decisions, backdating, overpayments, income and capital, and national insurance provisions
  • the new bereavement support payment

Tactical guidance is included throughout to help navigate the complexities of the system and enforce your rights.

Fully indexed and cross-referenced to law, regulations, official guidance, and court, Upper Tribunal and commissioners’ decisions, it is an essential resource for claimants, advisers, local authority staff and lawyers.

Benefits for Students in Scotland Handbook

Benefits for Students in Scotland Handbook

This handbook explains:

  • benefit and tax credit entitlement for full-time and part-time students
  • how Scottish grants and loans affect benefits
  • how much benefit is paid in term time and vacations
  • benefit entitlement for disabled students and those with children

Written for advisers, cross-referenced to the law and with easy-to-use checklists and examples, this edition contains updated information on universal credit.

VIEW THE ONLINE HANDBOOK HERE

(use the key at the left of the page to open the book and navigate to the different chapters)

Children's Handbook Scotland

Children's Handbook Scotland

This is the comprehensive guide to benefits and tax credits where children in Scotland are living apart from their parents, including children in kinship or foster care, children being looked after by the local authority, or at residential school, in residential care or in hospital.

Updated to include the impact of all recent social security changes, including universal credit, personal independence payment and the ‘bedroom tax’, it covers:

  • benefit and tax credit entitlement when children are living away from home
  • how payments made by local authorities to carers affect benefits and tax credits
  • local authority responsibilities to care leavers
  • how to challenge decisions.

Fully referenced to legislation and caselaw, and with easy-to-follow practical examples, it is an essential guide for anyone working with families and children in Scotland.

VIEW THE ONLINE HANDBOOK HERE

(use the key at the left of the page to open the book and navigate to the different chapters)

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