Welfare



Scottish child payment doubles to £20 per week from April 2022

The Scottish Child Payment will be doubled to £20 per week per child from April 2022.

Published 30 November 2021

Child Disability Payment opens for applications

New applications for the Child Disability Payment opens across Scotland from today.

Published 22 November 2021

UK and Scottish governments commit to ongoing work on welfare policy

Both the UK and Scottish governments have committed to continuing to work closely on the design and implementation of welfare payments to support people across Scotland.

Published 19 November 2021

Money advice services secure more than £30m in support for North Lanarkshire residents

People across North Lanarkshire benefitted from more than £30 million in additional benefit income during 2020/21.

Published 17 November 2021

West Dunbartonshire Council’s Working4U service praised for high quality of advice

West Dunbartonshire Council's Working4U service has been praised nationally for the high standard of welfare rights and money advice it provides residents.

Published 12 November 2021

£41m Winter Support Fund launched for low income households

Funding to help people struggling financially and to ensure nobody is faced with rough sleeping this winter is part of a new £41 million support package from the Scottish Government.

Published 1 November 2021

UK Budget: New Universal Credit taper rate and £170m from levelling up fund

The UK Government has published its Autumn Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review which altered the Universal Credit ‘taper rate’ and allocated £170 million in levelling up funding for Scotland.

Published 28 October 2021

New benefit take-up strategy published

A new benefit take-up strategy has been unveiled by the Scottish Government that outlines plans to make sure that nobody misses out on financial support due to a lack of awareness or barriers to applying.

Published 25 October 2021

Carer’s Allowance Supplement Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

Tens of thousands of unpaid carers will receive a double payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement this winter under legislation passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 8 October 2021

'Shameful' Universal Credit cut ‘will push 22,000 children into poverty’

Today's removal of the £20 uplift to Universal Credit will have a dramatic impact on thousands of children in Scotland, charities have warned.

Published 6 October 2021

CIH Scotland issues Autumn homelessness 'cliff edge' warning to UK Government

CIH Scotland has called for the UK Government to provide long-term support for people at risk of homelessness post-pandemic after its new report highlighted that households across the UK are likely to be on "cliff edge" following the removal of the £20 Universal Credit top up later this week.

Published 5 October 2021

First Ministers demand Universal Credit cut reversal

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has joined with the First Minister of Wales and the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland to demand Prime Minister Boris Johnson “do the right thing” by reversing the decision to withdraw the £20-a-week uplift to Universal Credit.

Published 4 October 2021

Welfare advisers achieve 100% satisfaction and £780k for Melville tenants

In a year blighted by the Covid-19 pandemic, 88 struggling households from across the Lothians, Lanarkshire and Edinburgh are almost £800,000 better off thanks to the hard work of an award-winning welfare benefits advice service.

Published 1 October 2021

2,000 new jobs for Social Security Scotland and new disability advocacy service launched

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that more than 2,000 jobs will be created with Social Security Scotland over the next 12 months.

Published 30 September 2021

Scottish Parliament rejects cut to Universal Credit

The Scottish Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to oppose the £20 cut to Universal Credit by the UK Government.

Published 29 September 2021