Universal Credit



Causal link between Universal Credit and homelessness outlined in government report

Problems with the five-week wait to receive the first Universal Credit payment and sanctions which lead to payments being withdrawn if claimants don’t meet certain conditions have directly contributed towards homelessness in Scotland, a new report has revealed.

Published 18 March 2021

Budget: Calls for Universal Credit uplift to be made permanent 

A temporary £20 uplift to Universal Credit announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak said in his Budget speech yesterday must be made permanent, campaigners have urged.

Published 4 March 2021

CAS: Universal Credit uplift must be made permanent in upcoming Budget

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is telling MPs ahead of this week’s Budget that the Chancellor must make the £20 uplift to Universal Credit (UC) permanent.

Published 1 March 2021

Universal Credit worth less than in 2013, says CAS

Shocking new analysis from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) shows that Universal Credit will fall below its 2013 value in real terms if plans to end the £20 uplift are not reversed.

Published 10 February 2021

CAS: Universal Credit advice soars by 10% during pandemic

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to retain the £20 increase in Universal Credit ahead of a Westminster debate today.

Published 18 January 2021

North Lanarkshire Council tenants benefit from assistance fund

People struggling to make rent payments are continuing to benefit from support funding from North Lanarkshire Council.

Published 2 December 2020

Spending Review: Universal Credit cut would plunge people into an income crisis

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has expressed disappointment that Chancellor Rishi Sunak failed to confirm whether the temporary £20-per-week increase to Universal Credit will be made permanent beyond March 2021.

Published 26 November 2020

60,000 Scots face poverty as result of Universal credit cuts, ministers warn

A new report from the Scottish Government has revealed the full impact of the planned withdrawal of emergency benefit measures, brought in by the UK Government to support people through the pandemic.

Published 20 November 2020

Mother who had Universal Credit reduced due to Maternity Allowance fails to challenge benefit rules

A woman who argued it was unlawful to distinguish between Statutory Maternity Pay and state Maternity Allowance when calculating how much a person should receive in Universal Credit has failed in her claim before an English court.

Published 28 October 2020

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