Universal Credit



SFHA calls for pause to Universal Credit ‘natural’ migration

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has responded to an inquiry by the UK Parliament’s work and pensions committee into Universal Credit ‘natural’ migration by calling for a pause until key conditions are met.

Published 27 February 2019

UK Government admits link between Universal Credit and soaring food bank demand

The contribution of the Universal Credit rollout to an increase in food bank use has finally been conceded by work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd.

Published 12 February 2019

MSPs call for ‘fundamental changes’ to Universal Credit before more claimants are moved over

People due to move from tax credits to Universal Credit face significant issues and a dramatic culture change, according to Holyrood’s social security committee.

Published 7 February 2019

Holyrood to investigate social security and its impact on rented housing

The Scottish Parliament’s social security committee has launched an inquiry into whether the social security system adequately supports tenants in both the private rented sector and social housing.

Published 5 February 2019

Blog: Universal Credit - the story so far

CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister rounds up all the latest changes to Universal Credit – including some which have slipped under the radar.

Published 1 February 2019

WWHC: Universal Credit has made it ‘almost impossible’ to provide rent options

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative (WWHC) is to consult on a proposed rent change for the forthcoming financial year but has blamed Universal Credit for not being able to provide tenants with more than one option.

Published 31 January 2019

Commons committee launches inquiry into ‘natural migration’ to Universal Credit

The UK Parliament’s work and pensions committee is today launching a new inquiry into the process by which people claiming existing benefits move onto Universal Credit if they have a change in their circumstances.

Published 23 January 2019

MP seeks 'crucial' Universal Credit reforms over domestic abuse risk

An SNP MP has urged the UK Government to accept amendments to its Domestic Abuse Bill to tackle the increased risk of financial abuse under the current Universal Credit system.

Published 22 January 2019

High Court finds DWP unlawful on Universal Credit assessments

Four working single mothers have secured a High Court victory against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for the operation of its Universal Credit benefits scheme.

Published 14 January 2019

Tory government scraps two-child benefits cap extension

The UK Government is to scrap its plans to extend a benefits cap to 15,000 families with more than two children.

Published 11 January 2019

Extra funds approved for Renfrewshire food bank after Universal Credit introduction

Renfrewshire Food Bank will receive £30,000 funding to reduce the impact of Universal Credit after councillors agreed to a new three-year financial assistance plan.

Published 6 December 2018

DWP raises awareness of Universal Credit portal for landlords and tenants

A new Universal Credit portal has been launched which allows registered social landlords and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to quickly and efficiently share information for benefit claims, continues to expand to those in the sector.

Published 27 November 2018

Govan Law Centre launches Universal Credit campaign

Govan Law Centre (GLC) has called for a new resilience strategy to challenge the adverse impact of Universal Credit in Scotland.

Published 20 November 2018

MP brings Universal Credit advice from Westminster to West Dunbartonshire

West Dunbartonshire MP Martin Docherty-Hughes joined housing staff from Bellsmyre and Cordale Housing Associations last week to discuss the impending roll out of Universal Credit and the impact it will have on tenants and local constituents.

Published 13 November 2018

Thousands of Scots taking advantage of Universal Credit flexibility

Almost half of those in receipt of Universal Credit in Scotland have chosen for their payments to be paid in a different way when offered the choice by the Scottish Government.

Published 1 November 2018