Welfare



Universal Credit worth less than in 2013, says CAS

Shocking new analysis from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) shows that Universal Credit will fall below its 2013 value in real terms if plans to end the £20 uplift are not reversed.

Published 10 February 2021

CAS: Universal Credit advice soars by 10% during pandemic

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to retain the £20 increase in Universal Credit ahead of a Westminster debate today.

Published 18 January 2021

56,000 parents apply for Scottish Child Payment

Parents across Scotland have been applying early for the new Scottish Child Payment that will open on Monday 15 February.

Published 8 January 2021

Scottish Government launches adult disability payment consultation

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation the Adult Disability Payment.

Published 23 December 2020

More £2.5m in payments made under Child Winter Heating Assistance fund

Thousands of families of disabled children in Scotland have received an additional £200 to help heat their homes this winter.

Published 18 December 2020

Housing minister urges Westminster to raise the rate of Local Housing Allowance

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has written to secretary of state for work and pensions Thérèse Coffey to urge her to reconsider the decision to freeze Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates for the coming financial year.

Published 11 December 2020

Child Disability Payment pilot areas announced

Families of children with a disability or long term health condition living in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles will be able to apply for the Scottish Government's Child Disability Payment from summer 2021.

Published 9 December 2020

Scottish Citizens Advice network unlocks £170m for people

A staggering £170 million was unlocked for people in Scotland during 2019/20 thanks to the work of the country's Citizens Advice network, according to new annual figures show.

Published 7 December 2020

Social Security Scotland reports on its first full financial year

The Scottish Government has provided people who need it with over £540 million in payments since launch in September 2018 up to 31 March 2020, according to a financial report from Social Security Scotland.

Published 2 December 2020

North Lanarkshire Council tenants benefit from assistance fund

People struggling to make rent payments are continuing to benefit from support funding from North Lanarkshire Council.

Published 2 December 2020

Scottish Government announces £100m winter support package

Funding to help people pay for food, heating, warm clothing and shelter during the winter is part of a new £100 million support package.

Published 1 December 2020

Spending Review: Universal Credit cut would plunge people into an income crisis

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has expressed disappointment that Chancellor Rishi Sunak failed to confirm whether the temporary £20-per-week increase to Universal Credit will be made permanent beyond March 2021.

Published 26 November 2020

£22k benefits backdate secured for West of Scotland of Housing Association tenant 

The in-house welfare rights team at West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) has helped secure a £22k welfare benefits backdate for one of its tenants.

Published 25 November 2020

Scottish funeral support payment received by almost 6,000 people this year

Almost 6,000 people received a Funeral Support Payment from the Scottish Government in its first full year, according to new statistics.

Published 25 November 2020

House of Commons committee to examine Scottish welfare policy

The UK Parliament’s Scottish affairs select committee has issued a call for evidence regarding its inquiry into welfare policy in Scotland.

Published 23 November 2020