Welfare



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

Blog: Assessing the impact of LHA caps for young people living in Scotland

By Ashley Campbell, policy and practice manager at CIH Scotland

Published 27 March 2017

Scottish Welfare Fund to be extended amid ‘shameful’ UK housing benefit changes

Support has been stepped up for young people at risk of being pushed into homelessness due to UK government changes to housing benefit, social security secretary Angela Constance has said.

Published 27 March 2017

SFHA welcomes Scottish Government call to halt full Universal Credit roll-out

A request by Scottish ministers for an immediate halt to the roll-out of the full service of Universal Credit “until problems with its implementation are fully resolved” has been welcomed by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

Published 23 March 2017

Universal Credit arrears 'frightening', says GWSF

The deliberate exclusion of social landlords from the Universal Credit system means arrears levels are even worse than was originally feared, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 22 March 2017

Blog: Finding the Fix: Why we must protect housing benefit for 18-21 year olds

On a quiet Friday afternoon, the DWP laid draft regulations to end automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18-21 year olds. Worryingly, these regulations are due to be implemented incredibly swiftly and will be in force from the beginning of April 2017, less than a month after the initial laying of regulations.

Published 14 March 2017

Housing associations and councils to give LHA evidence to UK parliamentary committees

The UK Parliament’s work and pensions and communities and local government committees will hear from housing associations and local authorities today on the UK government’s planned shake-up of supported housing funding.

Published 14 March 2017

Universal Credit increases risk of homelessness and rent arrears, warns CIH Scotland

CIH Scotland has added its voice to growing concerns about the negative social impact and spiralling costs of implementing Universal Credit.

Published 13 March 2017

Spring Budget fails to address ‘damaging’ impact of welfare reforms

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and the Scottish Government have accused Chancellor Philip Hammond of failing to alleviate the welfare cuts that the UK government is directing at some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Published 9 March 2017

Increased DHP funding will be ‘overwhelmed’ by further cuts, warns SFHA

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has warned that the Scottish Government’s increase in funding for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) is likely to be “overwhelmed” by the further cuts in social security entitlement.

Published 7 March 2017

£58m to combat UK government welfare cuts in Scotland

Almost £58 million will be spent mitigating the impact of the UK government’s welfare reform on households across Scotland, it has been announced, as Westminster vows to press on with plans for further cuts to housing benefit.

Published 6 March 2017