Welfare



Scottish Government announces £320 uplift for families through Scottish Child Benefit

Low income families will benefit from a £320 uplift before Christmas as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling child poverty.

Published 16 September 2021

Child Disability Payment opens nationally from November

Scotland’s Child Disability Payment will open for new applications across the country from 22 November 2021.

Published 10 September 2021

Universal Credit increase 'vital for working families', new research finds

Hairdressers, shelf stackers and carers will be among those working families facing the biggest overall drop in their benefits income since 2010 when the cut to Universal Credit goes ahead next month, according to new research by UK children’s charity Action for Children.

Published 6 September 2021

Scottish Child Payment helps more than 108,000 children

More than 108,000 children have benefited from the Scottish Government’s new Scottish Child Payment according to the latest official statistics.

Published 1 September 2021

Devolved nations issue joint letter in support of Universal Credit uplift

The Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments have written a joint letter to the UK Government calling for a reversal of plans to cut the £20 uplift to Universal Credit.

Published 31 August 2021

Scottish Government to invest £5.3bn in social security support

Social security expenditure in Scotland will total £5.2 billion in 2026-27, according to the Scottish Fiscal Commission’s latest forecast report.

Published 27 August 2021

One in three working-age families with children to be hit by cut to Universal Credit

A total of 413 parliamentary constituencies across Great Britain will see over a third of working-age families with children hit by the planned £1,040-a-year cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit on 6 October 2021.

Published 26 August 2021

Work of Highland Council’s Welfare Support Team praised by members

Members of the Highland Council's Corporate Resources Committee have praised the exemplary work of the council’s Welfare Support Team after they were presented with a comprehensive report highlighting the strong performance from the team in assisting Highland residents.

Published 26 August 2021

SFHA joins calls to extend Universal Credit uplift as survey reveals fears of claimants

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has joined forces with housing association representatives in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to call on the UK Government to extend the £20 uplift in Universal Credit (UC) payments. 

Published 18 August 2021

Housing groups issue warning over impact of benefit cuts on renters

The UK Government must complete and publish a full assessment of the impact on renters of their decisions to freeze Local Housing Allowance and cut Universal Credit, which risk pushing many households into poverty, problem debt, and homelessness, according to a number of housing groups.

Published 17 August 2021

Majority of Scots back keeping £20 per week increase to Universal Credit

The majority of people in Scotland back keeping the £20 per week increase to Universal Credit until at least the financial situation created by Covid is more stable, polling for Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has found.

Published 16 August 2021

Local benefits delivery service opens

People who live in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles are the first to access new face-to-face support when applying for Scottish benefits ahead of a full rollout later this year.

Published 13 August 2021

Universal Credit uplift 'key to ensuring fair recovery and just transition', FM tells unions

The Scottish Government has written to the UK Government on seven occasions to call for the £20-per-week uplift to Universal Credit to be made permanent and extended to legacy benefits, Nicola Sturgeon will tell trade unions today.

Published 12 August 2021

Scottish Government announces increase in payments to help boost family incomes

The Scottish Government has announced that Best Start Foods payments will increase this month.

Published 3 August 2021

Child Disability Payment pilot opens for new applications

The new Child Disability Payment has opened for applications from people living in three pilot areas.

Published 28 July 2021