Welfare



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

Benefits assessment service design underway amid high satisfaction levels

A contract to design Scotland’s new social security assessments system has been awarded as figures revealed high satisfaction levels with the new service.

Published 10 May 2019

Watchdog warns delivery of devolved benefits to get harder

The Scottish Government has done a good job of delivering its first set of devolved benefits but the real challenge is still to come, a new report has warned.

Published 2 May 2019

Emergency welfare funding statistics highlight plight of struggling households

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland said the underlying causes of poverty must be tackled as new figures revealed nearly a third of a million low income households accessed emergency funding to help with the costs of essentials such as food and heating in the past six years.

Published 1 May 2019

Social Security Scotland nears £200m payment milestone in first year

The progress made in building Scotland’s new public service has been outlined today, a year since the Social Security (Scotland) Bill 2018 was passed in Parliament.

Published 25 April 2019

Call for direct landlord payments of Universal Credit amid low take-up figures

Scottish Labour has called on the Scottish Government to use the new powers over social security to ensure automatic payment of the Universal Credit housing element to landlords.

Published 15 April 2019

Debt charity warns of Council Tax emergency

Thousands of people in Scotland are struggling with essential household bills especially Council Tax, a debt charity has warned.

Published 10 April 2019

First year success of Govan Housing Association’s Financial Inclusion Team

A Financial Inclusion Team formed by Govan Housing Association to assist its tenants and the wider community with all matters relating to money and welfare benefit advice is celebrating a successful first year.

Published 8 April 2019

SFHA: Universal Credit creates ‘systemic indebtedness’ for new claimants

Ahead of giving evidence today to the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee inquiry into social security support for housing, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said that “Universal Credit is creating systemic indebtedness and arrears for new claimants”.

Published 4 April 2019

Highland Universal Credit claimants urged to act ahead of annual rent increase

Seven affordable housing providers across the Highlands are urging tenants claiming Universal Credit to update their claim this April 1 to ensure their entitlement covers their annual rent increase for the year ahead.

Published 26 March 2019

Call for housing element of Universal Credit to be paid to landlords for all claimants

Scotland’s largest membership organisation for landlords in the private rented sector has asked the UK and Scottish Governments to ensure the housing element of Universal Credit is paid directly to private and social landlords for all Scottish claimants.

Published 22 March 2019

CIH Scotland responds to social security committee’s call for evidence

UK Government welfare reform measures are having a significant impact on private landlords and their tenants according to CIH Scotland.

Published 20 March 2019

SFHA submits social security support evidence to parliament

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has highlighted the need for Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) systems to have the capacity to support Scottish Universal Credit Choices.

Published 19 March 2019

82% of claimants face no escape from ‘cruel’ benefit cap

More than eight out of ten households affected by the benefit cap should be made exempt from the “cruel” policy which “targets claimants unable to work”, an influential group of MPs has said.

Published 13 March 2019

Greens welcome report highlighting mental health and social security concerns

A report highlighting the difficulties faced by people with mental health conditions accessing social security support has been welcomed as “crucially important” by the Scottish Greens.

Published 11 March 2019