Universal Credit



Further delays to full Universal Credit roll out

The full roll-out of Universal Credit has been delayed until at least March 2022 after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced a revised timetable for the scheme.

Published 22 July 2016

UK government to outline timetable for transfer of new welfare powers to Holyrood

A major milestone in the transfer of new welfare powers from Westminster to Holyrood will be reached today which will give First Minister Nicola Sturgeon the opportunity to create a Scottish welfare state within weeks.

Published 14 July 2016

Overwhelming number of social tenants who claim benefits worried about welfare changes

New research by the national charity Turn2us has found that over four-fifths (82 per cent) of social tenants who are claiming means-tested benefits are worried about future changes to the welfare system.

Published 15 June 2016

New benefits change causing ‘serious detriment’ to vulnerable Scots

The UK government’s much-heralded change to the social security system contains a number of inherent flaws which are causing serious problems for people in need, according to a detailed new report from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).

Published 7 June 2016

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