Welfare



New £1.5m funding for homelessness prevention

Social landlords are to receive a share of £1.5 million of support to prevent homelessness for low-income families.

Published 12 September 2019

North Lanarkshire makes Universal Credit commitment to help tackle arrears

North Lanarkshire Council is to establish a fund to help tenants who find themselves falling into arrears due to a built-in-waiting time for Universal Credit payments to be processed and paid.

Published 12 September 2019

Holyrood committee to investigate unclaimed benefits

An inquiry has been launched by Holyrood’s social security committee as estimates suggest a huge number of benefits remain unclaimed by those eligible for them.

Published 10 September 2019

Improved financial support to help with bereavement costs

A new benefit providing help for people on low incomes to meet the costs of a funeral will be available from next week.

Published 9 September 2019

Government makes Scottish Child Payment available a year early

Low income families will be able to apply for a new £10 a week payment for every child aged 0-6 next year after the Scottish Government brought forward its Scottish Child Payment.

Published 5 September 2019

Five week wait for Universal Credit ‘leads people to debt, foodbanks, stress and ill health’

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has called for action to reduce the ‘five week wait’ that claimants of Universal Credit (UC) face before receiving their first payment.

Published 3 September 2019

Investment in housing benefit could prevent thousands from homelessness

A report released today from Crisis has indicated that investment in housing benefit would prevent thousands from becoming homeless.

Published 2 September 2019

North Lanarkshire advice service generates an extra £35m in benefits

Over £35 million in additional benefits has been generated for residents by North Lanarkshire advice services.

Published 28 August 2019

Glasgow City Council plans 'threaten safety net of free advice and legal representation'

A council's decision to close a fund supporting the provision of free advice in relation to housing, financial inclusion and social welfare law in Glasgow has been condemned by a leading lawyer.

Published 27 August 2019

Council-funded advice services assists 22,000 Highland customers and exceeds £22.5m in financial gains

The Highland Council’s Welfare Support Team and Citizens Advice assisted more than 22,000 customers during 2018/19 for support with welfare, debt and housing issues, new figures have shown.

Published 26 August 2019

Perth landlords urged to attend DWP event

Landlords in Perth are being encouraged to attend an event to learn more about Universal Credit.

Published 26 August 2019

Universal Credit ‘forcing tenants into rent arrears’

Universal Credit is causing tenants to fall behind with their rent, according to new research.

Published 23 August 2019

Dundee landlords urged to attend free DWP event about Universal Credit

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has urged Dundee landlords to attend a Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) event to learn more about Universal Credit.

Published 22 August 2019

Financial advice service helps low income households save more than £6m

Free financial advice service Money Talk Team has helped low-income households save more than £6 million, the Scottish Government has revealed.

Published 20 August 2019

Caroline Kennedy: Scottish Child Payment must be flexible to keep families afloat

Caroline Kennedy, a member of the Poverty Truth Community based in Glasgow and former member of the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Commission, reflects on how the new Scottish Child Payment could make a difference to the lives of children in Scotland.

Published 16 August 2019