Discretionary Housing Payments topped £50m over past year

Almost 113,000 awards have been made under the Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) scheme over the past year, with a total value of £51.9 million, new figures have revealed.

Published 31 May 2017

SNP 2017 general election manifesto launched in Perth

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined the SNP’s key policies yesterday as the party leader revealed its manifesto for the upcoming general election.

Published 31 May 2017

SFHA outlines its five general election asks

With the general election just two weeks away, the Scottish Federation of Housing Association (SFHA) has revealed its five-point plan to reduce the damaging impact of welfare reforms.

Published 26 May 2017

21,000 young Scots face losing over £22m in rent from planned LHA cap

An interim report on the impact of UK government plans to cap housing benefit for social housing tenants aged under 35 has concluded that 21,000 young Scots could face a rent affordability gap of up to £22.6 million annually as a result.

Published 22 May 2017

More than 2,000 people recruited to benefits experience panel

Thousands of people with direct personal experience of the current benefits system have signed up to help shape the delivery of benefits in Scotland’s new social security system.

Published 16 May 2017

Blog: Election 2017: what we're asking for on... welfare

As the build up to next month’s general election continues, CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister takes a closer look at what we’re asking for on welfare policy – one of our key election priorities.

Published 10 May 2017

Blog: A social security system that puts people first

Social security minister Jeane Freeman on removing the involvement of the private sector in carrying out benefit assessments.

Published 5 May 2017

Private sector removed from welfare assessments in new social security system

Scotland’s new social security agency will remove the involvement of the private sector in carrying out benefit assessments, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

Published 28 April 2017

Women ‘hardest hit’ by UK welfare cuts, says minister

Women are being unfairly impacted by recent UK government cuts to benefits and welfare eligibility, according to equalities secretary Angela Constance.

Published 18 April 2017

Clear plan needed for transfer of social security powers, say MPs and MSPs

A joint letter issued today by Holyrood’s social security committee and Westminster’s Scottish affairs committee has called for a clear plan is needed for the successful transfer of welfare powers north of the Border.

Published 11 April 2017

Blog: Be part of something that will change the lives of many others

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon encourages more people to take part in the Scottish Government’s Social Security Experience Panels.

Published 10 April 2017

Families with children will be hardest hit by ‘callous’ UK welfare changes

Families with children will be among those worst affected by a number of UK government changes which came into force yesterday, Scotland’s social security minister has said.

Published 7 April 2017

Scottish Government gains control over Discretionary Housing Payments

Control over Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) has been transferred to the Scottish Government as of Saturday 1 April under the Scotland Act 2016.

Published 3 April 2017

Gap between LHA and rents putting private rents 'out of reach'

The gap between the help with housing costs that young, single people in the private sector get and their rents is making housing virtually inaccessible, new Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) research has revealed.

Published 31 March 2017

Homeless households to be made exempt from Universal Credit

The UK government is to make households that are made homeless exempt from Universal Credit following reports that the new benefits system has led to an increase in rent arrears.

Published 29 March 2017