Welfare



Expert coalition calls for fundamental review of disability assistance system

A fundamental review of disability assistance must be initiated by the Scottish Government during the next parliament, according to a coalition of organisations campaigning for long-term improvements to social security for disabled people. 

Published 19 August 2020

New benefit to help young people into work

A new benefit to support 16 to 24-year-olds into work if they have been unemployed for six months will open for applications today.

Published 17 August 2020

Benefit cap hit 76% more Scottish households over lockdown

The number of Scottish households hit by the benefit cap increased by 76% in the first two months of lockdown, according to new statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government yesterday.

Published 7 August 2020

Shelter Scotland warns of ‘tidal wave’ of evictions amid crisis grants increase

Shelter Scotland has reiterated its call for an extension to the current eviction protections amid a 40% increase in applications for crisis grants.

Published 5 August 2020

Dundee mental health charity creates new resources to support young people

Feeling Strong, a Dundee-based youth mental health charity, is creating two exciting new resources for children, guardians and young people who are facing mental health challenges. 

Published 31 July 2020

Age Scotland offers benefit checks for over 75s

Age Scotland is offering free benefit checks for over 75s to help people find out if they are eligible for Pension Credit.

Published 15 July 2020

DWP to align direct rent payments with monthly Universal Credit cycle

A new Universal Credit system which will see social landlords receive direct rent payments on the same day that tenants are paid the rest of their benefits is to be rolled out from next month, the UK Government has announced.

Published 13 July 2020

NAO: 90% of Universal Credit claimants get first payment on time but concerns remain over vulnerable people and complex claims

The proportion of claimants receiving their first Universal Credit payment on time has seen “significant” improvements but the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) needs to do more to support vulnerable people and others who struggle to make a claim, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

Published 10 July 2020

More eviction protection needed amid ‘alarming’ rise in crisis grants applications

A 37% increase in applications for crisis grants from the Scottish Welfare Fund highlights the need for an extension to the current protections against eviction, according to Shelter Scotland.

Published 8 July 2020

Dundee City Council awarded additional funding for discretionary housing payments

Dundee City Council has been awarded an additional £200,000 by the Scottish Government to support tenants who are under financial pressure due to coronavirus.

Published 2 July 2020

Ipsos MORI seeks landlords’ views on Universal Credit Scottish Choices

Independent research agency Ipsos MORI is conducting research on behalf of the Scottish Government on the Universal Credit Scottish Choices scheme, which includes an option for tenants on Universal Credit to choose to have their housing cost element paid directly to their landlord.

Published 29 June 2020

Court of Appeal finds DWP's treatment of earnings under Universal Credit irrational

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has lost its appeal against an earlier victory for four working single mothers challenging the rigidity of the Universal Credit (UC) system for calculating their earnings.

Published 23 June 2020

Scottish Government extends free school meals provision

Children eligible for free school meals will be among those who continue to be supported over the summer through a package of £27.6 million of additional funding from the Scottish Government.

Published 17 June 2020

Westminster pressed for more action to strengthen social security system and help renters

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has written to the UK Government calling for the suspension of the benefit cap and the removal of the spare room subsidy as part of urgent action to support housing tenants affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 15 June 2020

MSPs back move to allow benefit claimant appointees with safeguards in place

Appointees should be able to collect benefits on behalf of consenting adult claimants but safeguards must be put in place to limit fraud and the exploitation of vulnerable people, according to a Scottish Parliament committee.

Published 9 June 2020