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Resources Roundup - July 2014

New pack will help claimants challenge decisions on benefits

Benefits claimants looking to challenge decisions by the Department of Work and Pensions are to receive a helping hand from a new information pack.

New Artlink website for people with sight loss, hearing loss and sign language users

Artlink is launching a new website, Investigate Create, providing information to open up the arts for people with sight loss, people with hearing loss and sign language users. See

Have you updated your anti-virus software and Windows OS?

You may have seen recent news articles regarding an anticipated cyber-attack.
In order to prevent any attack, the National Crime Agency is advising that individuals and small businesses check they have performed any Windows updates and that anti-virus software is up to date.  This should be sufficient to prevent any disruption.  More information about this specific threat is available on the Get Safe Online website, where you can find a range of practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobiles device and your business against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online.

Bullying: a guide for parents and carers'

Respectme has launched a new resource which aims to give adults the practical skills and confidence to support children and young people, and to deal with bullying behaviour.

» Find further information and download the guide here.

Health and wellbeing: responsibility of all Making the links...making it work

Education Scotland has launched a new resource pack to help practitioners and establishments develop a shared understanding of health and wellbeing responsibility of all. The pack aims to help individuals and establishments to move towards embedding this aspect of health and wellbeing into their work, to develop a framework to ensure progression in learning and to make the process more manageable. The pack takes the form of two posters and one booklet, which will be sent to all local authority schools in June, all of which can be used flexibly to support the development of health and wellbeing responsibility of all. It is also available on the Education Scotland website along with an interactive PDF which will allow establishments to personalise the poster to suit their own context.

Expert Working Group on Welfare / GCPH

The Expert Working Group on Welfare has produced its 2nd report, entitled 'Re-thinking Welfare: Fair, Personal and Simple', which may be of interest to you. A full copy of the report can be found here. On a related note the Glasgow Centre for Population Health has published a report on the impacts of welfare reform on lone parents moving into work, colleagues at GCVS have produced a handy summary which can be found here. A full copy of the report can be found here.

CPAG Factsheets-Welfare Reform

CPAG have produced three new factsheets aimed at supporting people affected by welfare reform.  If you would like printed copies of these factsheets please email

We have also updated several of our benefits for students and tax credits factsheets which you can view on our website.

New e learning courses from CPAG

CPAG have developed two new free elearning courses (Scottish Welfare Fund and Surviving the Appeals Process) to help frontline workers who do not work in welfare rights get to grips with important changes in the benefits system. These courses takes on average one hour to complete. Once you have completed the course you can then print off your certificate. You can create an account (or log-in again) at: If you have any queries please email


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