Universal Credit



Edinburgh jobcentre awarded homelessness support funding

An Edinburgh jobcentre is one of those to benefit from a share of a £3 million grant from the UK Government to support homeless people.

Published 14 January 2020

Citizens Advice Scotland calls for ‘fundamental overhaul’ of Universal Credit

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has today outlined six key reforms to Universal Credit to help struggling people who have turned to the charity for help.

Published 9 January 2020

DWP confirms plan for social landlords to get direct Universal Credit payments

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has written to housing associations regarding its plans to ensure landlords receive direct payment of housing costs at the same time as tenants receive their Universal Credit payment.

Published 18 December 2019

SFHA: Poverty should be top of agenda for new UK government

The new UK government must urgently tackle issues that are pushing an increasing number of tenants into poverty such as high energy prices and Universal Credit, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

Published 16 December 2019

Charity unveils huge increase in Scots seeking Universal Credit advice

Improving the cost of living, especially for people on low incomes, must be at the heart of the next government’s agenda, Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) demand today.

Published 3 December 2019

Living Rent begins campaign against Universal Credit evictions

Tenants’ union Living Rent has called on housing associations in Glasgow to commit to no evictions stemming from debts caused by Universal Credit.

Published 6 November 2019

‘Myth-busting’ Universal Credit adverts banned for misleading public

A series of UK Government advertisements aiming to dispel myths about Universal Credit have been banned by a regulator for misleading the public.

Published 6 November 2019

CIH Scotland: Universal Credit could improve benefit take up

Universal Credit could potentially improve the take up of help with housing costs for working age claimants, according to CIH Scotland.

Published 22 October 2019

Number of Scots receiving Universal Credit support reaches 221,000

Almost 222,000 people in Scotland are now receiving personalised Universal Credit support, new figures show.

Published 21 October 2019

Glasgow's Universal Credit support hubs bring in £15m in financial gains

Glasgow City Council's Universal Credit support hubs have brought in more than £15.2 million in financial gains for people living in the city.

Published 15 October 2019

Glasgow City Council helps homeless people claim over £500,000 in benefits

Homeless people have been helped by Glasgow City Council to apply for more than £500,000 in benefits.

Published 3 October 2019

Corbyn announces Labour would scrap Universal Credit

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged that a future Labour government would scrap Universal Credit, calling the flagship Conservatives welfare reform “inhumane” and an “unmitigated disaster”.

Published 30 September 2019

North Lanarkshire Council to set up fund to help Universal Credit applicants

North Lanarkshire Council has said it will establish a fund to help tenants who find themselves in financial difficulty as a result of the five-week waiting time for Universal Credit payments.

Published 20 September 2019

Citizens Advice Scotland calls for end to five-week wait for Universal Credit

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has today called upon the British Government to end the current five-week wait for Universal Credit.

Published 19 September 2019

England: Direct payment to landlords proves effective in lowering rent arrears

Direct payment of Universal Credit to landlords contributed the most to reductions in rent arrears, according to a new report commissioned by Southwark Council.

Published 18 September 2019