Welfare



Holyrood committee considers plans for additional payment for unpaid carers

Plans for an additional payment for some unpaid carers are being considered by the Scottish Parliament’s social justice and social security committee.

Published 22 July 2021

Devolved committees issue joint letter calling for Universal Credit uplift to be retained

The £20 increase in Universal Credit brought in during the coronavirus pandemic should be made permanent, according to senior politicians at the UK’s four parliaments.

Published 21 July 2021

Supreme Court holds ‘two-child’ tax credit limit compatible with ECHR rights

The UK Supreme Court has held that the “two-child limit” used in calculating part of child tax credit payments is compatible with Articles 8, 12, and 14 of the ECHR after an appeal was brought by two adults and eight children against decisions of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Published 13 July 2021

Scottish Government announces school clothing grant

Eligible families can apply for a Scottish Government grant of at least £120 to help with the cost of school uniforms.

Published 6 July 2021

Young people urged to apply for Job Start Payment

Social justice secretary Shona Robison has urged eligible young people to apply for Job Start Payment if they are starting a new job after a period of unemployment.

Published 1 July 2021

Scottish Greens calls for support as benefit cap cuts hit record high

The Scottish Greens are calling on the Scottish Government to guarantee full mitigation of the benefit cap.

Published 28 June 2021

CAS calls for end of 20-metre rule in new disability payments

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has welcomed encouraging changes from the Scottish Government around adult disability payments, but is urging the government to go further to improve the payment for more disabled people by scrapping the 20 metre rule.

Published 28 June 2021

MPs praise devolution of welfare but good working relationship between governments is 'crucial'

The UK Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee has published its report into welfare policy in Scotland in which MPs have called on the UK Government and Scottish Government to improve information sharing to implement policy and to work together to improve benefit take-up.

Published 25 June 2021

Asylum seekers entitled to backdated child tax credits as Govan Law Centre wins landmark case

HMRC was wrong to refuse a backdated claim for child tax credits for asylum seekers who had been granted refugee status, a judge in the Court of Session has ruled in the first successful social security test case for asylum seekers and tax credits in the UK.

Published 17 June 2021

Call to end ‘discriminatory’ two-child limit on benefits

The Children’s Commissioners of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have published a letter they have sent to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions calling for an end to the two-child limit on Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit.

Published 26 May 2021

New welfare guide from Highland Council published

A new welfare guide has been published on the Highland Council’s website to highlight to people across the Highlands the range of financial support and guidance which is available to them. 

Published 14 May 2021

Scottish Child Payment helps nearly 79,000 young people

An estimated 78,775 children have already benefitted from Scottish Child Payment since its launch.

Published 13 May 2021

Queen's Speech 'must include reform of Universal Credit', says CAS

In advance of the Queen’s Speech later today, Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has called for Universal Credit reform to be a UK Government priority in its legislative agenda.

Published 11 May 2021

Capital Credit Union launches benefits calculator

Edinburgh-based Capital Credit Union has been inundated with hundreds of enquiries after launching an online tool to help people with benefits claims.

Published 16 April 2021

Latest Scottish Welfare Statistics published

Local authorities received 121,090 applications for Discretionary Housing Payments from April 2020 to February 2021 and had spent or committed to spend £74.2 million, according to new figures on the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF).

Published 7 April 2021