Welfare



Housing associations call for long-term plan for supported housing

Three of Scotland’s largest housing associations have joined together to urge the Scottish Government to find a long-term solution on how to fund supported housing to better meet the challenge of an ageing population and help with better integration of health and social care services across the country.

Published 27 February 2017

Anger as Westminster ‘completely disregards’ housing benefit discussions with Scottish ministers

Social security and equalities secretary Angela Constance has expressed her anger at the UK government’s announcement that it is to impose new housing benefit regulations in Scotland, which came just days after ministers at Westminster were unable to provide a timetable for the plans.

Published 27 February 2017

MSPs call for action to address ‘systematic problems’ with Universal Credit

Serious systematic problems exist with the new Universal Credit system which will only get worse as a result of the UK government’s planned closure of job centres in Scotland, according to a letter issued by a committee of MSPs.

Published 24 February 2017

Scottish Government fails to reach agreement with Westminster over ‘bedroom tax’

Scottish ministers have yet to reach an agreement with the UK government over a potential reduction in the benefits of claimants in Scotland when the Scottish Government abolishes the ‘bedroom tax’.

Published 23 February 2017

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