Universal Credit



DWP advisors call for ‘urgent review’ of benefit sanctions

An independent advisory committee has called for an urgent and robust review of the UK government’s benefit sanctions regime amid concerns that it is failing to help jobless claimants.

Published 27 July 2015

Councils ‘frustrated’ by DWP’s ‘lack of clarity’ over Universal Credit

A lack of “clear information” from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) is preventing councils from properly preparing for the switch to Universal Credit, local authorities have warned.

Published 22 July 2015

Universal Credit staff in Glasgow to continue strike over ‘oppressive working conditions’

Universal Credit staff in Glasgow and Bolton will continue a two day strike this morning over what their union describes as “increasingly oppressive working conditions”.

Published 21 July 2015

Women ‘hit hardest by welfare reform’, warn MSPs

Women are being hit hard on multiple fronts by changes to the benefits system, according to a report published by Holyrood’s Welfare Reform Committee.

Published 6 July 2015

Lifetime costs of Universal Credit up by almost £3bn

The total lifetime cost of the Universal Credit welfare reform programme has increased by nearly £3bn in the past three years to £15.8bn, according to new figures from the UK government.

Published 29 June 2015

Kingdom provides advice for Fife tenants on Universal Credit changes

Over eighty Fife tenants have attended events in Dunfermline and Glenrothes to receive support and advice on the forthcoming implementation of Universal Credit.

Published 15 June 2015

Seven-day Universal Credit waiting period will cause ‘serious problems’

The UK government is to press ahead with proposals to introduce a seven-day waiting period before claimants are eligible for Universal Credit.

Published 12 June 2015

Working families could become ‘second class savers’ under Universal Credit

Working families moving onto Universal Credit could become ‘second class savers’, with any money put aside potentially counting against their benefit entitlement, according to a new report published today by the independent think-tank the Resolution Foundation.

Published 8 June 2015

Council homes set for Moray health centre site

The former health centre in Forres is to be demolished to make way for council housing after Moray Council purchased the site from NHS Grampian.

Published 3 June 2015

Highland Council pilots alternative Universal Credit payment arrangements

The Highland Council is the first local authority in the UK to trial a new Universal Credit application process that enables landlords to electronically submit an Alternative Payment Arrangement to support vulnerable tenants.

Published 2 June 2015

Report: The Smith Commission and beyond: the devolution of housing benefit to the Scottish Parliament

Shelter Scotland has published a paper which sets out the principles it believes should underpin further devolution of social security - including housing benefit – to the Scottish Parliament, and what steps the Scottish Government and UK governments should take in relation to the devolution of social security.

Published 2 June 2015

UK government urged to improve welfare reform implementation

The UK government’s spending watchdog has criticised the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) for its failure to anticipate problems in its implementation of welfare reform.

Published 1 June 2015

Queen’s Speech – CIH Scotland laments Scotland Bill’s ‘lack of clarity’

CIH Scotland has expressed its concerns over the inclusion of the Scotland Bill in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech.

Published 28 May 2015

Blog: What now for the welfare of Scotland?

David Bookbinder on the tricky issue of welfare in Scotland and the UK following last week’s general election result.

Published 12 May 2015

Universal Credit reaches Scottish Isles

The national roll out of Universal Credit continued yesterday with the benefit now available to new single claimants in Kirkwall, Lerwick and Stornoway.

Published 12 May 2015