Universal Credit



SFHA lambasts continued roll-out of ‘catastrophic’ Universal Credit

The continued roll-out of Universal Credit will have “catastrophic consequences” for some of the most vulnerable in society as well as undermine the sustainability of housing associations, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

Published 7 September 2017

Scottish charities call for halt to roll-out of ‘flawed’ Universal Credit

A group of 24 Scottish charities have come together to urge the UK government to stop the roll-out of the Universal Credit system in Scotland.

Published 31 August 2017

Citizens Advice Scotland calls for halt to Universal Credit rollout

Citizens Advice Scotland has called for a halt to the accelerated roll-out of Universal Credit, publishing new figures which show the system risks leaving thousands of Scots in poverty and debt.

Published 7 July 2017

Angus Housing Association bucks trend with record low rent arrears performance

At the end of financial year 2016/17, Angus Housing Association has reported record low rent arrears of 1.01%.

Published 1 June 2017

Scottish Liberal Democrats pledge to create housing and infrastructure development bank

A housing and infrastructure development bank will be created to stimulate major capital investment across the UK under new plans by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Published 1 June 2017

21,000 young Scots face losing over £22m in rent from planned LHA cap

An interim report on the impact of UK government plans to cap housing benefit for social housing tenants aged under 35 has concluded that 21,000 young Scots could face a rent affordability gap of up to £22.6 million annually as a result.

Published 22 May 2017

Women ‘hardest hit’ by UK welfare cuts, says minister

Women are being unfairly impacted by recent UK government cuts to benefits and welfare eligibility, according to equalities secretary Angela Constance.

Published 18 April 2017

Homeless households to be made exempt from Universal Credit

The UK government is to make households that are made homeless exempt from Universal Credit following reports that the new benefits system has led to an increase in rent arrears.

Published 29 March 2017

SFHA welcomes Scottish Government call to halt full Universal Credit roll-out

A request by Scottish ministers for an immediate halt to the roll-out of the full service of Universal Credit “until problems with its implementation are fully resolved” has been welcomed by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

Published 23 March 2017

Universal Credit arrears 'frightening', says GWSF

The deliberate exclusion of social landlords from the Universal Credit system means arrears levels are even worse than was originally feared, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 22 March 2017

Universal Credit increases risk of homelessness and rent arrears, warns CIH Scotland

CIH Scotland has added its voice to growing concerns about the negative social impact and spiralling costs of implementing Universal Credit.

Published 13 March 2017

£58m to combat UK government welfare cuts in Scotland

Almost £58 million will be spent mitigating the impact of the UK government’s welfare reform on households across Scotland, it has been announced, as Westminster vows to press on with plans for further cuts to housing benefit.

Published 6 March 2017

East Lothian Council calls for action on Universal Credit

East Lothian Council has called for government action to help mitigate the impact of Universal Credit on people living in the county.

Published 3 March 2017

Blog: Universal Credit: Rollout speeds up but leaves problems in its wake

A key parliamentary committee has re-launched an inquiry into Universal Credit after receiving disturbing evidence of the problems encountered by tenants from councils. Heather Spurr believes the UK government should use the opportunity to listen to the concerns of tenants and landlords who are dealing with the worrying fallout of the once ‘flagship’ welfare reform.

Published 1 March 2017

MSPs call for action to address ‘systematic problems’ with Universal Credit

Serious systematic problems exist with the new Universal Credit system which will only get worse as a result of the UK government’s planned closure of job centres in Scotland, according to a letter issued by a committee of MSPs.

Published 24 February 2017