Welfare



One in three working-age families with children to be hit by cut to Universal Credit

A total of 413 parliamentary constituencies across Great Britain will see over a third of working-age families with children hit by the planned £1,040-a-year cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit on 6 October 2021.

Published 26 August 2021

Work of Highland Council’s Welfare Support Team praised by members

Members of the Highland Council's Corporate Resources Committee have praised the exemplary work of the council’s Welfare Support Team after they were presented with a comprehensive report highlighting the strong performance from the team in assisting Highland residents.

Published 26 August 2021

SFHA joins calls to extend Universal Credit uplift as survey reveals fears of claimants

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has joined forces with housing association representatives in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to call on the UK Government to extend the £20 uplift in Universal Credit (UC) payments. 

Published 18 August 2021

Housing groups issue warning over impact of benefit cuts on renters

The UK Government must complete and publish a full assessment of the impact on renters of their decisions to freeze Local Housing Allowance and cut Universal Credit, which risk pushing many households into poverty, problem debt, and homelessness, according to a number of housing groups.

Published 17 August 2021

Majority of Scots back keeping £20 per week increase to Universal Credit

The majority of people in Scotland back keeping the £20 per week increase to Universal Credit until at least the financial situation created by Covid is more stable, polling for Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has found.

Published 16 August 2021

Local benefits delivery service opens

People who live in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles are the first to access new face-to-face support when applying for Scottish benefits ahead of a full rollout later this year.

Published 13 August 2021

Universal Credit uplift 'key to ensuring fair recovery and just transition', FM tells unions

The Scottish Government has written to the UK Government on seven occasions to call for the £20-per-week uplift to Universal Credit to be made permanent and extended to legacy benefits, Nicola Sturgeon will tell trade unions today.

Published 12 August 2021

Scottish Government announces increase in payments to help boost family incomes

The Scottish Government has announced that Best Start Foods payments will increase this month.

Published 3 August 2021

Child Disability Payment pilot opens for new applications

The new Child Disability Payment has opened for applications from people living in three pilot areas.

Published 28 July 2021

Holyrood committee considers plans for additional payment for unpaid carers

Plans for an additional payment for some unpaid carers are being considered by the Scottish Parliament’s social justice and social security committee.

Published 22 July 2021

Devolved committees issue joint letter calling for Universal Credit uplift to be retained

The £20 increase in Universal Credit brought in during the coronavirus pandemic should be made permanent, according to senior politicians at the UK’s four parliaments.

Published 21 July 2021

Supreme Court holds ‘two-child’ tax credit limit compatible with ECHR rights

The UK Supreme Court has held that the “two-child limit” used in calculating part of child tax credit payments is compatible with Articles 8, 12, and 14 of the ECHR after an appeal was brought by two adults and eight children against decisions of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Published 13 July 2021

Scottish Government announces school clothing grant

Eligible families can apply for a Scottish Government grant of at least £120 to help with the cost of school uniforms.

Published 6 July 2021

Young people urged to apply for Job Start Payment

Social justice secretary Shona Robison has urged eligible young people to apply for Job Start Payment if they are starting a new job after a period of unemployment.

Published 1 July 2021

Scottish Greens calls for support as benefit cap cuts hit record high

The Scottish Greens are calling on the Scottish Government to guarantee full mitigation of the benefit cap.

Published 28 June 2021