A contract to design Scotland’s new social security assessments system has been awarded as figures revealed high satisfaction levels with the new service.
Published 10 May 2019
The Scottish Government has done a good job of delivering its first set of devolved benefits but the real challenge is still to come, a new report has warned.
Published 2 May 2019
Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland said the underlying causes of poverty must be tackled as new figures revealed nearly a third of a million low income households accessed emergency funding to help with the costs of essentials such as food and heating in the past six years.
Published 1 May 2019
The progress made in building Scotland’s new public service has been outlined today, a year since the Social Security (Scotland) Bill 2018 was passed in Parliament.
Published 25 April 2019
Scottish Labour has called on the Scottish Government to use the new powers over social security to ensure automatic payment of the Universal Credit housing element to landlords.
Published 15 April 2019
Thousands of people in Scotland are struggling with essential household bills especially Council Tax, a debt charity has warned.
Published 10 April 2019
A Financial Inclusion Team formed by Govan Housing Association to assist its tenants and the wider community with all matters relating to money and welfare benefit advice is celebrating a successful first year.
Published 8 April 2019
Ahead of giving evidence today to the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee inquiry into social security support for housing, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said that “Universal Credit is creating systemic indebtedness and arrears for new claimants”.
Published 4 April 2019
Seven affordable housing providers across the Highlands are urging tenants claiming Universal Credit to update their claim this April 1 to ensure their entitlement covers their annual rent increase for the year ahead.
Published 26 March 2019
Scotland’s largest membership organisation for landlords in the private rented sector has asked the UK and Scottish Governments to ensure the housing element of Universal Credit is paid directly to private and social landlords for all Scottish claimants.
Published 22 March 2019
UK Government welfare reform measures are having a significant impact on private landlords and their tenants according to CIH Scotland.
Published 20 March 2019
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has highlighted the need for Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) systems to have the capacity to support Scottish Universal Credit Choices.
Published 19 March 2019
More than eight out of ten households affected by the benefit cap should be made exempt from the “cruel” policy which “targets claimants unable to work”, an influential group of MPs has said.
Published 13 March 2019
A report highlighting the difficulties faced by people with mental health conditions accessing social security support has been welcomed as “crucially important” by the Scottish Greens.
Published 11 March 2019
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has responded to an inquiry by the UK Parliament’s work and pensions committee into Universal Credit ‘natural’ migration by calling for a pause until key conditions are met.
Published 27 February 2019