Welfare



Reversing the Tide: Putting Rights at the Heart of Homelessness and Social Security

By Shelter Scotland campaigns & policy officer Aoife Deery

Published 16 July 2019

Holyrood committee calls for immediate halt to Universal Credit pilot rollout

A pilot scheme to transfer working tax credit claimants to Universal Credit should not proceed until there is more clarity around what it will mean for those affected, a Scottish Parliament committee has warned.

Published 12 July 2019

People with lived experience sought to help shape Scotland’s social security system

Volunteers are being asked to shape Scotland’s new, fairer social security system.

Published 5 July 2019

UK: 'Bedroom tax' case to be heard at Supreme Court

An appeal is to be heard in the UK's highest court on Wednesday in an important constitutional case on the powers of specialist tribunals and local authorities relating to the 'bedroom tax'. The

Published 2 July 2019

New benefit to tackle child poverty fast-tracked

The Scottish Government has brought forward a new benefit aimed to tackle child poverty by giving extra cash to low-income families.

Published 27 June 2019

Govan Law Centre highlights positive year for housing and homelessness assistance

Govan Law Centre (GLC) has highlighted the positive impact it has had providing assistance in housing, employment, debt, welfare rights and legal work in its newly published annual report.

Published 20 June 2019

New report calls for Scottish Welfare Fund safety net to be strengthened

The system for administering emergency payments used by people who have run out of money for food and other essentials could be improved but needs more cash, according to a new report.

Published 20 June 2019

Landlords ‘disappointed’ in lack of government support for move to improve housing options for Universal Credit claimants

Scotland’s largest membership organisation for private landlords and letting agents has described it as “disappointing” that the Scottish Government won’t support a measure which would increase the availability of homes for those on Universal Credit.

Published 17 June 2019

Fife fights poverty with new help for council tenants

A £1 million fund is to be made available to help Fife Council tenants who are struggling to cope with the effects of Universal Credit (UC).

Published 11 June 2019

New benefit launched to help towards school costs

A new benefit to help low income families with school-related costs is now open for applications.

Published 5 June 2019

Scottish Government facing £1bn fiscal black hole

The Scottish Government will need to manage volatility in its Budget as the devolution of tax and spending powers becomes fully operational, according to the independent Scottish Fiscal Commission.

Published 31 May 2019

Discretionary Housing Payments top £62m in 12 months

Local authorities in Scotland spent more than £62 million over the last year under the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme.

Published 31 May 2019

Proposed benefit changes needed sooner to protect 50,000 children from poverty

The equivalent of a classroom of children will enter poverty in Scotland every day unless benefit changes proposed by the Scottish Government are introduced sooner, a think-tank has warned.

Published 24 May 2019

CAS outlines key recommendations for disability assistance payments

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has today outlined five key recommendations for Scotland’s newly devolved disability assistance payments.

Published 24 May 2019

Benefits cap does not breach human rights, Supreme Court rules

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has called on the UK Government to scrap the “fundamentally unfair” benefit cap after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the policy.

Published 16 May 2019