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 2019/20.

It includes new and updated information on:

  • who can claim benefits and tax credits
  • the latest information on universal credit – including the migration process and who can still claim the old means-tested benefits
  • work-related responsibilities
  • the ‘two-child limit’
  • the work capability assessment for employment and support allowance
  • council tax reduction schemes
  • challenging decisions, backdating, overpayments, income and capital, and national insurance provisions
  • the new social security system in Scotland

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.

Student Support and Benefits Handbook

Student Support and Benefits Handbook

CPAG and the National Union of Students have joined forces to provide this definitive guide to financial support for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Written for students and their advisers, the Student Support and Benefits Handbook is an essential resource. This new edition has been fully updated to incorporate the latest changes to both benefits and student support, including the new funding system in Wales and the means test for dependants’ grants in England.

The Handbook is fully indexed and cross-referenced to law and regulations, with useful summary tables and step-by-step guides to help you calculate benefit entitlement in the light of student income. It is an essential reference guide for anyone advising students or would-be students.

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
  • your entitlement to the new universal credit

Written for advisers, cross-referenced to the law and with easy-to-use checklists and examples, this new edition is revised and updated for the 2019/20 academic year. It includes the latest grants and loans available to students in further and higher education in Scotland and the new Scottish social security benefits.

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, the ‘two-child limit’ 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)