Green MSP Alison Johnstone has lodged a series of amendments to the Scottish Government's Social Security Bill which are designed to ensure that everyone receives the payments they are due.
Published 22 January 2018
Anyone applying for social security assistance under Scotland’s new system will have a right to have someone with them during assessments or meetings, under new plans by the Scottish Government.
Published 19 January 2018
Housing delivery, homelessness, standards and much more - as we enter 2018, CIH Scotland policy expert Ashley Campbell explores what to look out for.
Published 18 January 2018
More than one million calls to the Universal Credit helpline have been abandoned without claimants getting an answer within a 12-month period, according to new statistics.
Published 10 January 2018
Government changes to Universal Credit which will make it easier for direct payments to be made to landlords have been welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).
Published 9 January 2018
Legislation to set up a Scottish social security agency passed its first hurdle at the Scottish Parliament yesterday as MSPs unanimously agreed the general principles of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill.
Published 20 December 2017
The Scottish Government has repeated its commitment to allow Scotland’s new social security system to be open to independent scrutiny.
Published 18 December 2017
Changes are needed to ensure that the Scottish Parliament can scrutinise the detail of how Scotland’s new social security system will operate, according to a report issued by Holyrood’s social security committee.
Published 14 December 2017
A new group is to be established by Stirling Council to ensure residents on Universal Credit continue to be supported.
Published 12 December 2017
Peter Steele recently met with 11 housing associations across Glasgow over the course of a week. Some of the key themes and challenges they face are highlighted in Mobysoft's latest blog.
Published 7 December 2017
The director of housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland, Graeme Brown, has raised concerns over the future sustainability of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) after new figures revealed that the average value of payments made via the scheme has increased by more than 25%.
Published 29 November 2017
Scots MPs to call for more Universal Credit flexibility and debate its impact on terminally ill people
MPs will this week continue to put pressure on the UK government to “tackle the flaws” in the roll out of Universal Credit before it forces “more into poverty”.
Published 27 November 2017
The UK government has announced significant changes to Universal Credit including scrapping the seven day waiting period before a person can apply.
Published 23 November 2017
The poorest in society are being hit the hardest by changes to tax, social security and public spending reforms, a new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has revealed.
Published 17 November 2017
A Scottish Government survey of those with direct experience of the benefit system has shown that three out of five respondents rate the current UK welfare system as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.
Published 16 November 2017