Strengthening Social Security: research into the five family payments

CPAG in Scotland, with funding from the Robertson Trust, are currently undertaking a research project into Scottish child payment, best start grants and best start foods.

Strengthening Social Security is a two-year research project that aims to reshape the way Scottish child payment, best start grants and best start foods are delivered to families within Scotland.

The project will identify the circumstances under which families are missing out on SCP and other Scottish national and local family payments, highlighting where the payments are creating financial uncertainty for families. The project also aims to deliver a set of co-produced policy solutions that will address this financial instability.

What the project will deliver

We aim to make recommendations for reshaping SCP to ensure greater financial stability for those excluded by or on the margins of entitlement. Our outputs will include:

  • Two briefings in the first year of the project - sharing the evidence we've collected and detailing the gaps in the systems that we've found.  
  • A series of themed reports - making detailed policy recommendations and documenting the processes used to develop the policies. 
  • Findings from focus groups of people with lived experience and welfare rights and policy experts - developing and testing policy solutions. 
  • Series of roundtable discussions with key stakeholders and Scottish government officials and local authority representatives to explore proposed solutions and build consensus for change.  

Get in touch

The project team is currently interviewing welfare rights advisors about their experiences supporting families to access the five family payments. If you would like to take part in the research, or learn more about the project, please contact Matilda Bryce at [email protected]