This course aims to help you understand the impact of Scottish student loans and grants on universal credit. Note that only some students are eligible for universal credit - see CPAG in Scotland’s online publication Benefits for Students in Scotland Handbook, chapter 11, or the Universal Credit and Students factsheet, for more information.

In this short, interactive course, you can think about what causes poverty and how people experience the stigma of poverty. You can explore what you are likely to see as a result of welfare reform as people struggle to make ends meet. You can get practical ideas for what you can do and what your service can do to support hard-up households. It takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Winning an appeal can help people maintain a basic income or meet the costs of their disability. It is great if you can find an experienced adviser to help. But the chances of winning are good even if you are going it alone, or you are new to advice work or to appeals.

This course is designed to help you to make your own way or support people, through the appeals process.

The Scottish Welfare Fund is intended to offer grants or in kind support for two purposes, crisis grants and community care grants.

These are the objectives of the fund. Community care grants include the provision of assistance to families facing exceptional pressure.

CPAG's Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook is the 'adviser's bible'. It’s essential for anyone advising on social security. If you haven’t come across it before, have a look and see what it’s about.

Universal Credit is a complete change to the system of financial support for people of working age. This course is designed to help you get to grips with new and important issues in social security.

Learn about universal credit, a major change to the benefits system that will affect people on low incomes in the months and years ahead.

Looking at issues to consider when planning a funeral and financial help to meet the cost

This knowledge check is designed to allow you to check that your social security knowledge and ability to use information resources is at the level required to undertake type 2 casework under the Scottish National Standards for Information and Advice Providers.

Family incomes don’t stretch as far as they used to and many families find it hard to make ends meet. The Scottish Government has introduced some support for maternity and early years. If you work with families, you can help by being aware of payments they might get.

School costs can put pressure on low-income families and put children at risk of missing out on opportunities and feeling different, excluded and unhappy. Following research with children and young people, parents, carers and staff in Dundee schools, the Dundee Fairness Commission recommended that Dundee City Council work alongside Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland to deliver Cost of the School Day in Dundee schools. 

This eLearning course aims to highlight sources of cash that are available to someone who has run out of money for food and explain how to access them.


This module stems from our work in the A Menu for Change project which aims to evolve Scotland’s response to food insecurity

Universal Credit is a complete change to the system of financial support for people of working age. This course is designed to help you get to grips with new and important issues in social security.

Learn about universal credit, a major change to the benefits system that will affect people on low incomes in the months and years ahead.