Universal Credit



MPs launch inquiry into Universal Credit five-week wait

How to eliminate the five-week wait for a first Universal Credit payment is the subject of an inquiry by the UK work and pensions committee.

Published 12 March 2020

Citizens Advice Scotland calls for Budget changes to Universal Credit

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is calling for changes to Universal Credit in today’s UK Budget to ensure people in work can keep more of what they earn.

Published 11 March 2020

Living Rent launches charter to end Universal Credit evictions

Tenants’ union Living Rent has continued its campaign for housing associations in Glasgow to commit to not carry out evictions stemming from debts caused by Universal Credit with the launch of a new charter.

Published 5 March 2020

North Lanarkshire Council establishes Universal Credit Assistance Fund

North Lanarkshire Council has established a Universal Credit Assistance Fund to help tenants who find themselves falling into rent arrears due to built-in waiting times for Universal Credit payments to be processed and paid.

Published 4 March 2020

Value of social security benefits 'worth 88% of pre-Universal Credit days'

Benefit claimants are getting less money in real terms than they were when Universal Credit was introduced in 2013, according to calculations made by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).

Published 19 February 2020

CAS: New chancellor must use first budget to make Universal Credit work for workers

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is urging the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use his first budget next month to make key changes to Universal Credit, in order to offer more support for people who are in work.

Published 17 February 2020

Universal Credit roll-out suffers another delay

The full roll-out of Universal Credit is set for another delay, adding £500 million to its overall cost, according to reports.

Published 4 February 2020

House of Lords launches inquiry into Universal Credit

The House of Lords' economic affairs committee has launched an inquiry into the economics of Universal Credit.

Published 4 February 2020

UK Government loses Universal Credit appeals against claimants with severe disabilities

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the UK Government’s appeals against two previous court judgments which found that the secretary of state for work and pensions had unlawfully discriminated against thousands of severely disabled people who moved onto Universal Credit.

Published 31 January 2020

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