Welfare



High Court finds DWP unlawful on Universal Credit assessments

Four working single mothers have secured a High Court victory against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for the operation of its Universal Credit benefits scheme.

Published 14 January 2019

Tory government scraps two-child benefits cap extension

The UK Government is to scrap its plans to extend a benefits cap to 15,000 families with more than two children.

Published 11 January 2019

Loretto helps tenant land £21,000 in backdated benefit payments

A Loretto Housing tenant has received more than £21,000 in backdated benefit payments thanks to the work of the Association’s welfare benefits advisor.

Published 11 January 2019

Social security charter laid for Parliament approval

A document which outlines the eight principles that will guide Scotland’s new social security system is to be considered for approval by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 11 January 2019

Chair of new Social Security Commission unveiled

Social security secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has announced the appointment of Dr Sally Witcher as chair of a new body tasked with scrutinising the Scottish social security system.

Published 8 January 2019

Four new benefits to help low income families and carers in 2019

Low income families and carers will benefit from four new benefits being introduced by Social Security Scotland this year.

Published 7 January 2019

Scottish Government to invest £125m to combat UK austerity

Scottish ministers are on course to invest over £125 million in 2018-19 to mitigate the worst impact of UK Government welfare reforms and to protect those on low incomes, social security secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has revealed.

Published 4 January 2019

Hillhead's welfare rights service gains national advice standards accreditation

Hillhead Housing Association has successfully gained National Standards accreditation for the provision of Information and Advice for our welfare rights service.

Published 20 December 2018

£57m paid out in Discretionary Housing Payments in six months

Scotland’s councils paid out almost £57 million in grants towards housing costs for those claiming housing benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit in a six month period, new figures have revealed.

Published 10 December 2018

Extra funds approved for Renfrewshire food bank after Universal Credit introduction

Renfrewshire Food Bank will receive £30,000 funding to reduce the impact of Universal Credit after councillors agreed to a new three-year financial assistance plan.

Published 6 December 2018

Devolved employability service helps almost 5,000 Scots

Almost 5,000 people are being supported towards employment through a new employment service that removes the threat of sanctions.

Published 28 November 2018

DWP raises awareness of Universal Credit portal for landlords and tenants

A new Universal Credit portal has been launched which allows registered social landlords and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to quickly and efficiently share information for benefit claims, continues to expand to those in the sector.

Published 27 November 2018

Govan Law Centre launches Universal Credit campaign

Govan Law Centre (GLC) has called for a new resilience strategy to challenge the adverse impact of Universal Credit in Scotland.

Published 20 November 2018

MP brings Universal Credit advice from Westminster to West Dunbartonshire

West Dunbartonshire MP Martin Docherty-Hughes joined housing staff from Bellsmyre and Cordale Housing Associations last week to discuss the impending roll out of Universal Credit and the impact it will have on tenants and local constituents.

Published 13 November 2018

Benefit sanction regime ‘harmful and counterproductive’, say MPs

MPs have called on the UK Government to urgently reassess its benefit sanctions regime after a new report found that the evidence that the policy is achieving its aims is at best mixed, and at worst showing a policy that appears “arbitrarily punitive”.

Published 6 November 2018