Suspending benefit payments ‘can lead to rent arrears and homelessness’, MPs warn

Unexplained variations in the use of benefit sanctions are “unacceptable” and must be addressed, according to a committee of MPs.

Published 22 February 2017

Westminster warned against benefits ‘claw back’ once ‘bedroom tax’ abolished in Scotland

Scottish ministers are to seek assurances from the UK government that it will not reduce the benefits of claimants in Scotland when the Scottish Government abolishes the ‘bedroom tax’.

Published 20 February 2017

Blog: Consultation on Universal Credit regulations

Private landlords representative John Blackwood encourages people to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Universal Credit regulations.

Published 17 February 2017

New budgeting support for Universal Credit claimants

Free online support has been launched to help Universal Credit claimants with their personal finances.

Published 15 February 2017

Welfare reform ‘will cost Dundee economy £100m a year’

The UK government’s welfare reform measures are set to cost Dundee’s economy almost £100 million every year by 2021, according to new research.

Published 9 February 2017

Devolution of social security to be investigated by Holyrood and Westminster committees

Parliamentary committees from Holyrood and Westminster will work together for the first time to investigate the successful delivery of the devolution of social security.

Published 6 February 2017

Up to 700,000 households to benefit from flexible Universal Credit payments

The Scottish Government’s plans to introduce flexible Universal Credit payments will benefit up to 700,000 households, it has been revealed.

Published 30 January 2017

Blog: Fairer Scotland – This year’s priorities

Communities, social security and equalities secretary Angela Constance looks ahead to the rest of 2017.

Published 26 January 2017

Blog: The return of the Bedroom Tax monster?

In a guest blog for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Shelter Scotland’s Aoife Deery says there are big questions regarding the future affordability of social housing.

Published 25 January 2017

Blog: Early warnings about the lower benefit cap

Kirsty McKechnie from the Child Poverty Action Group highlights worrying examples of how the benefit cap reduction is hitting people in Scotland

Published 24 January 2017

Council landlords welcome Scottish Government’s use of new welfare powers

Council housing staff across Scotland have welcomed the news that the Scottish Government will use its new welfare powers to allow the housing element of Universal Credit to be paid directly to landlords and to increase the frequency of payments to claimants.

Published 18 January 2017

Universal Credit flexibility plans welcomed

Last week’s announcement that tenants will have the choice of having the housing element of Universal Credit payments made directly to their housing associations and co-operatives has been welcomed by the Scottish Federation of Housing Association (SFHA) and Shelter Scotland.

Published 16 January 2017

Universal Credit recipients to be given direct landlord payment option

The Scottish Government plans to use its new social security powers for the first time to increase the frequency of Universal Credit payments and offer to pay housing benefits direct to landlords.

Published 13 January 2017

Blog: Bedroom Tax 2 – DWP’s warped logic must be challenged

It might seem trite to term the proposed LHA limits on social housing as ‘Bedroom Tax 2’ but it’s completely legitimate, writes David Bookbinder.

Published 13 January 2017

SFHA concerned about mixed messaging from DWP

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has raised concerns about the inconsistent messaging from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) following their claim the LHA cap - dubbed the Bedroom Tax 2 - will not apply to existing tenants.

Published 10 January 2017