Universal Credit



MPs call for 'starter payments' to address Universal Credit five-week wait

A starter payment should be made to people claiming Universal Credit (UC) for the first time to ensure that everyone has enough money for basics such as food and heating during the five-week wait for their initial monthly payment, a report by the Work and Pensions Committee has recommended.

Published 19 October 2020

North Lanarkshire Council adds £500,000 to Universal Credit Assistance Fund

North Lanarkshire Council has added a further £500,000 to its Universal Credit Assistance Fund and is providing more help to tenants falling into rent arrears due to built-in waiting times for Universal Credit payments.

Published 10 September 2020

DWP to align direct rent payments with monthly Universal Credit cycle

A new Universal Credit system which will see social landlords receive direct rent payments on the same day that tenants are paid the rest of their benefits is to be rolled out from next month, the UK Government has announced.

Published 13 July 2020

NAO: 90% of Universal Credit claimants get first payment on time but concerns remain over vulnerable people and complex claims

The proportion of claimants receiving their first Universal Credit payment on time has seen “significant” improvements but the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) needs to do more to support vulnerable people and others who struggle to make a claim, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

Published 10 July 2020

Ipsos MORI seeks landlords’ views on Universal Credit Scottish Choices

Independent research agency Ipsos MORI is conducting research on behalf of the Scottish Government on the Universal Credit Scottish Choices scheme, which includes an option for tenants on Universal Credit to choose to have their housing cost element paid directly to their landlord.

Published 29 June 2020

Court of Appeal finds DWP's treatment of earnings under Universal Credit irrational

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has lost its appeal against an earlier victory for four working single mothers challenging the rigidity of the Universal Credit (UC) system for calculating their earnings.

Published 23 June 2020

GHA tenant chair calls for ‘urgent and radical’ welfare action

The tenant chair of Glasgow Housing Association has renewed calls for “urgent and radical” change to Universal Credit as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Published 8 June 2020

CIH Scotland issues policy solution for government and landlords to avoid post-COVID spike in evictions

CIH Scotland has published new proposals as part of an urgent call to action to avoid a potentially disastrous spike in evictions once the current coronavirus protections end.

Published 1 June 2020

Wheatley tenants hail ‘brilliant’ staff over benefit claims help

Tenants have praised “brilliant” Wheatley Group staff for “fighting their corner” in helping them with benefit claims.

Published 20 May 2020

Universal Credit claims up by nearly two million

Nearly two million claims have been made for Universal Credit across the UK during the COVID-19 outbreak, new figures have revealed.

Published 7 May 2020

Scotland sees more than 110,000 Universal Credit claims since coronavirus outbreak

Household claims for Universal Credit in Scotland have increased from an average of 20,000 per month in 2019 to over 110,000 between 1 March and 7 April, highlighting the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on people’s finances.

Published 22 April 2020

Universal Credit claimants to verify identity through Government Gateway

People applying for Universal Credit will now be able to use their existing Government Gateway account to confirm their identity, helping to speed up their claim.

Published 17 April 2020

Benefit reviews and reassessments suspended for three months

Reviews and reassessments for disability benefits are being suspended for the next three months.

Published 24 March 2020

Local Housing Allowance increase ‘couldn’t be more welcome’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to ensure the Local Housing Allowance is guaranteed to cover at least 30% of market rents in a claimant’s area has been welcomed by Shelter Scotland.

Published 24 March 2020

Universal Credit claimants suspected of £150m advances fraud

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has identified nearly 100,000 Universal Credit claimants that it suspects may have claimed an advance fraudulently, the National Audit Office (NAO) said today.

Published 20 March 2020