Universal Credit



Campaigners urge political parties to make welfare a priority

The Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR) has written to political candidates across Scotland to ask them to commit to using new powers to create a fairer social security system.

Published 15 March 2016

Council to ensure that Highland voice is heard on welfare reform

Members of The Highland Council’s resources committee have welcomed the considerable involvement and work carried out by council staff on issues relating to welfare reform and have agreed to support the potential role of local authorities as financial assessment delivery partners for Scotland’s social security system.

Published 26 February 2016

Working families could lose an average of £1,600 under Universal Credit, says IFS

The introduction of Universal Credit will leave millions of working families worse off but will eventually encourage more people to work, a new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said.

Published 3 February 2016

Dundee council house rents to increase by lowest ever amount

Tenants in Dundee have backed one per cent increase in council house rents, the lowest rent rise in the history of Dundee City Council.

Published 18 January 2016

Parliamentary report calls for ‘significant overhaul’ of Scotland’s welfare system

Paying the housing element of Universal Credit direct to landlords and the immediate abolition of the ‘bedroom tax’ are needed if Scotland is to create a welfare system which treats claimants with dignity and respect, MSPs have said.

Published 14 December 2015

Low-income working families on Universal Credit set to lose £1,300

Working households on Universal Credit are set to lose an average of £1,000 in 2020, rising to £1,300 for those with children, despite the welcome reversal of the main cuts to tax credits announced in the Spending Review.

Published 27 November 2015

David Mundell promises Scotland Bill will be ‘game-changer’ for welfare

The Scottish Government will be able to "top up" tax credits and child benefit payments as part of new powers coming to Holyrood, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has confirmed.

Published 12 October 2015

Blog: Universal Credit has landed

In a guest blog for Shelter Scotland, Kirsty McKechnie, welfare rights worker for Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, gives the story so far for Universal Credit.

Published 2 October 2015

SFHA gives evidence to Parliamentary committee on further welfare powers

The Scotland Bill has the potential to enable social landlords to support and transform tenants’ lives though sections of the it fail to meet the “spirit or substance” of the Smith Commission, according to the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

Published 3 September 2015

West Dunbartonshire Council consults on reducing weekly rents

West Dunbartonshire Council tenants are being consulted on proposals to reduce weekly rent charges by spreading payments over the whole year instead of 47 weeks.

Published 19 August 2015

Universal Credit payment revamp ‘could help 700,000 households’

New powers to make changes over how Universal Credit is paid will eventually affect over 700,000 households across the country, according to the Scottish Government.

Published 12 August 2015

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