Universal Credit



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

North Lanarkshire makes Universal Credit commitment to help tackle arrears

North Lanarkshire Council is to establish a fund to help tenants who find themselves falling into arrears due to a built-in-waiting time for Universal Credit payments to be processed and paid.

Published 12 September 2019

Five week wait for Universal Credit ‘leads people to debt, foodbanks, stress and ill health’

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has called for action to reduce the ‘five week wait’ that claimants of Universal Credit (UC) face before receiving their first payment.

Published 3 September 2019

Perth landlords urged to attend DWP event

Landlords in Perth are being encouraged to attend an event to learn more about Universal Credit.

Published 26 August 2019

Universal Credit ‘forcing tenants into rent arrears’

Universal Credit is causing tenants to fall behind with their rent, according to new research.

Published 23 August 2019

Dundee landlords urged to attend free DWP event about Universal Credit

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has urged Dundee landlords to attend a Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) event to learn more about Universal Credit.

Published 22 August 2019

Calls for investigation as quarter of a million people have been sanctioned under Universal Credit

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has called for an urgent investigation into the sanctions system as new figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) today reveal a quarter of a million people across the UK have been sanctioned under Universal Credit.

Published 13 August 2019

Holyrood committee calls for immediate halt to Universal Credit pilot rollout

A pilot scheme to transfer working tax credit claimants to Universal Credit should not proceed until there is more clarity around what it will mean for those affected, a Scottish Parliament committee has warned.

Published 12 July 2019

Landlords ‘disappointed’ in lack of government support for move to improve housing options for Universal Credit claimants

Scotland’s largest membership organisation for private landlords and letting agents has described it as “disappointing” that the Scottish Government won’t support a measure which would increase the availability of homes for those on Universal Credit.

Published 17 June 2019

Universal Credit blamed by MSPs for increasing rent arrears

The introduction of Universal Credit has greatly increased rent arrears and immediate action is needed to tackle the issue, a Scottish Parliament committee has said.

Published 14 June 2019

Fife fights poverty with new help for council tenants

A £1 million fund is to be made available to help Fife Council tenants who are struggling to cope with the effects of Universal Credit (UC).

Published 11 June 2019

Discretionary Housing Payments top £62m in 12 months

Local authorities in Scotland spent more than £62 million over the last year under the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme.

Published 31 May 2019

CAS warns UN on ‘digital divide’ in Universal Credit

As many as one in three people seeking help with Universal Credit don’t have access to the internet to make their claim, according to new figures from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).

Published 23 May 2019