MSP proposes social security amendments to guarantee payments

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

Bill amendment to ensure extra support for social security applicants

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

Blog: Challenges in 2018 as we look to build the homes we need

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

One million calls to Universal Credit helpline ‘abandoned’ in one year

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

Landlord body welcomes U-turn on Universal Credit direct payments

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

Social Security Bill endorsed by Holyrood as framework agreement reached with COSLA

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

Commitment to expert scrutiny of social security system reiterated

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

Social Security Bill ‘does not allow for adequate parliamentary scrutiny’

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

Council reaffirms commitment to support residents on Universal Credit

A new group is to be established by Stirling Council to ensure residents on Universal Credit continue to be supported.

Published 12 December 2017

Blog: The challenges for Scottish RSLs with Universal Credit

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

Shelter Scotland laments ‘alarming’ increase of Discretionary Housing Payments

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

Chancellor announces £1.5bn package to improve Universal Credit

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

Human rights body warns of ‘bleak future’ for poorest in society due to tax and welfare policies

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

Social security experience panel survey results published

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