Welfare



UK housing bodies warn ‘flawed’ Universal Credit is causing debt and hardship for families in social housing

The four UK housing federations have issued a joint call to the UK government to reform the “flawed” Universal Credit system which they say is causing debt, suffering and hardship for the families they house.

Published 10 July 2018

Minister apologises over ‘inadvertently misleading’ parliament over Universal Credit

Work and pensions secretary Esther McVey has been forced to apologise after being criticised by the national audit watchdog for making “incorrect” claims about Universal Credit in Parliament.

Published 5 July 2018

National Audit Office report echoes SFHA concerns over Universal Credit

A highly critical report on the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP’s) progress in implementing Universal Credit (UC) echoes many of the concerns that have been consistently raised by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), its chief executive has said.

Published 18 June 2018

Drugs gangs ‘exploited bedroom tax’ to use homes of vulnerable tenants for crimes

Legitimate housing provision in the form of good quality housing association accommodation is a “critical resource” for supporting vulnerable tenants at risk of being exploited from serious organised crime, according to new research.

Published 5 June 2018

Benefit sanctions failing to treat claimants with dignity, say lawyers

The current system of benefit sanctions is failing to treat claimants with dignity and respect and causing severe hardship for some of the most vulnerable people in society, according to the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 5 June 2018

Blog: Landlords and others must be part of benefits solution

Landlords are ready to play their part to help ensure households on lower incomes are not priced out of city living, says John Blackwood at the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL).

Published 28 May 2018

Discretionary Housing Payments increase ‘reveals pressure faced by Scottish households’

A 7% increase in the number of applications for financial assistance towards housing costs made by households claiming housing benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit show the increased pressure faced by households across Scotland, Shelter Scotland has warned.

Published 23 May 2018

Wellhouse Housing Association hosts four Federations in Glasgow

Wellhouse Housing Association welcomed the National Housing Federations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England last week to discuss tenant led boards and the possible impact of the full roll out of Universal Credit (UC) as part of a UK nations information sharing event.

Published 21 May 2018

Blog: The Unaffordable Private Rented Sector: Why it’s time to thaw the LHA freeze

Aoife Deery outlines Shelter Scotland’s concerns about the impact welfare reform is having on renters.

Published 17 May 2018

UK welfare cuts ‘having major impact on rent arrears’

Households renting in the private and social sectors have been severely affected by UK government welfare policies, according to a new report.

Published 14 May 2018

Location revealed for Social Security Scotland’s Dundee base

The Scottish Government has signed contracts for an interim location in Dundee for its new social security agency.

Published 30 April 2018

Social Security (Scotland) Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

MSPs have granted final approval to the Social Security (Scotland) Bill which will pave the way for the Scottish Government to make the first social security payments later this year.

Published 26 April 2018

Scottish Welfare Fund awards total more than £155m

More than 285,000 households in financial difficulty have received welfare assistance from the Scottish Government over the past five years, new statistics have shown.

Published 24 April 2018

Campaigners call for benefits reform as foodbank use hits record high

Campaigners have urged the UK government to urgently halt Universal Credit as new figures show foodbank use in Scotland has soared to record levels.

Published 24 April 2018