Welfare



Scottish Government announces £100m winter support package

Funding to help people pay for food, heating, warm clothing and shelter during the winter is part of a new £100 million support package.

Published 1 December 2020

Spending Review: Universal Credit cut would plunge people into an income crisis

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has expressed disappointment that Chancellor Rishi Sunak failed to confirm whether the temporary £20-per-week increase to Universal Credit will be made permanent beyond March 2021.

Published 26 November 2020

£22k benefits backdate secured for West of Scotland of Housing Association tenant 

The in-house welfare rights team at West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) has helped secure a £22k welfare benefits backdate for one of its tenants.

Published 25 November 2020

Scottish funeral support payment received by almost 6,000 people this year

Almost 6,000 people received a Funeral Support Payment from the Scottish Government in its first full year, according to new statistics.

Published 25 November 2020

House of Commons committee to examine Scottish welfare policy

The UK Parliament’s Scottish affairs select committee has issued a call for evidence regarding its inquiry into welfare policy in Scotland.

Published 23 November 2020

60,000 Scots face poverty as result of Universal credit cuts, ministers warn

A new report from the Scottish Government has revealed the full impact of the planned withdrawal of emergency benefit measures, brought in by the UK Government to support people through the pandemic.

Published 20 November 2020

Child Disability Payment to be introduced next summer

Child Disability Payment will be the next new benefit to be introduced by the Scottish Government.

Published 18 November 2020

Applications to open early for Scottish Child Payment

The new Scottish Child Payment is to open early for applications from Monday November 9.

Published 4 November 2020

New Scottish benefit system to offer short term assistance payment

People challenging disability benefit decisions will be able to claim a new Short Term Assistance payment under Scotland’s new social security system.

Published 2 November 2020

Mother who had Universal Credit reduced due to Maternity Allowance fails to challenge benefit rules

A woman who argued it was unlawful to distinguish between Statutory Maternity Pay and state Maternity Allowance when calculating how much a person should receive in Universal Credit has failed in her claim before an English court.

Published 28 October 2020

Scottish Government crisis grants soar during lockdown

The amount paid out in crisis grants to people in need increased by more than three quarters in the early stages of lockdown, according to the latest Scottish Government figures.

Published 28 October 2020

Child Winter Heating Assistance payments to start

Families of disabled children will receive a new heating benefit from the Scottish Government by Christmas.

Published 27 October 2020

Shirley-Anne Somerville: Designing a benefit service with those who will use it

As the Scottish Government share details of what its new disability benefits will look and feel like for those who interact with the new benefit system, cabinet secretary for social security and older people Shirley-Anne Somerville explains how a series of policy position papers will set out the journey from application right through to the appeal process.

Published 26 October 2020

Scottish Government announces £30m COVID-19 hardship fund

A £30 million package of funding from the Scottish Government is being made available to local authorities to support people facing financial hardship as a result of coronavirus, including money to provide free school meals over the school holidays.

Published 21 October 2020

Benefit for young carers in Scotland enters second year

Young carers are being encouraged to check if they are entitled to further awards as the Young Carer Grant marks it’s second anniversary.

Published 21 October 2020