Welfare



Man living with severely disabled partner wins Supreme Court case against paying 'bedroom tax'

A man living with his severely disabled partner in a two-bedroom council house should receive full housing benefit because applying the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ breaches his human rights, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.

Published 14 November 2019

Former Scottish Government advisor calls for more action on social security

Naomi Eisenstadt, former independent advisor on poverty and inequality and trustee of Standard Life Foundation, will today commend the progress made by the Scottish Government on social security but will call on them to do more to put their words into action.

Published 13 November 2019

Living Rent begins campaign against Universal Credit evictions

Tenants’ union Living Rent has called on housing associations in Glasgow to commit to no evictions stemming from debts caused by Universal Credit.

Published 6 November 2019

‘Myth-busting’ Universal Credit adverts banned for misleading public

A series of UK Government advertisements aiming to dispel myths about Universal Credit have been banned by a regulator for misleading the public.

Published 6 November 2019

Latest report on basic income feasibility published

Partners involved in exploring the feasibility of citizens basic income (CBI) pilots in Scotland have published an interim report into their findings.

Published 4 November 2019

SFHA responds to Scottish Welfare Fund application statistics

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has responded to the new figures which revealed that applications for crisis grants from the Scottish Welfare Fund increased by 12% in the quarter until June compared with the corresponding period last year.

Published 31 October 2019

Number of Scots forced to apply for crisis grants continues to rise

Campaigners are calling for an increase to the Scottish Welfare Fund budget after new statistics released show a rising number of Scots are accessing emergency cash to help pay for food or heating.

Published 30 October 2019

CAS welcomes Scottish disability payment progress but 'long delays' still an issue

The Scottish Government has made progress with its plans to reform disability payment processes to reduce anxiety and stress but more is still needed to be done, according to Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).

Published 29 October 2019

121 households better off thanks to Melville's welfare benefit advice service

More than 120 struggling households from across the Lothians, Edinburgh and Lanarkshire are almost £900,000 better off thanks to the hard work of an award-winning welfare benefits advice service run by Melville Housing Association.

Published 28 October 2019

Citizens Advice network helps people gain £84m in social security payments

Scotland’s Citizens Advice network unlocked more than £84 million in benefits payments for its clients in 2018-19, according to new figures released today.

Published 24 October 2019

CIH Scotland: Universal Credit could improve benefit take up

Universal Credit could potentially improve the take up of help with housing costs for working age claimants, according to CIH Scotland.

Published 22 October 2019

Number of Scots receiving Universal Credit support reaches 221,000

Almost 222,000 people in Scotland are now receiving personalised Universal Credit support, new figures show.

Published 21 October 2019

Monitoring to assess social security system improvements

The Scottish Government’s move towards a social security system that “works for all who use it” is to be monitored with the introduction of new measurements.

Published 18 October 2019

New £500,000 fund launched to improve benefit take-up

A new £500,000 fund has been launched for organisations which help people accessing the benefits to be delivered by the Scottish Government.

Published 16 October 2019

Scottish young carers to receive new benefit

Teenage carers in Scotland will be the first in the UK to be given financial support thanks to a new Scottish Government grant.

Published 16 October 2019