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

SFHA urges UK government to take responsibility for consequences of Universal Credit implementation

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) is calling for the UK government to act urgently on Universal Credit as the implementation of the policy is pushing tenants into debt and poverty as well as jeopardising the financial sustainability of housing associations.

Published 15 November 2017

Rising rents leads to calls to unfreeze LHA and strengthen rent controls

Concerns have been raised that more people could lose their homes after the cost of a typical two-bed private rental property rose by 4.4% in the last year.

Published 15 November 2017

Melville tenants £700k better off thanks to award-winning welfare service

Tenants of Melville Housing Association are better off to the tune of nearly £700,000 thanks to the hard work of an award-winning Welfare Benefits Advice service.

Published 15 November 2017

Chancellor urged to use Budget measures to protect households from further austerity

The Scottish Government is calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to abandon their “failed” austerity agenda and stop the rollout of Universal Credit to enable “fundamental flaws” to be fixed.

Published 13 November 2017