Welfare



£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

Benefit recipients recruited to social security Experience Panels

At least 2,000 people with direct personal experience of the current social security system are being recruited to help shape Scotland’s new system.

Published 6 March 2017

East Lothian Council calls for action on Universal Credit

East Lothian Council has called for government action to help mitigate the impact of Universal Credit on people living in the county.

Published 3 March 2017

Changes to Discretionary Housing Payments in South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire Council is set to make changes to Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) awards in order to bring the council into line with other Scottish local authorities.

Published 2 March 2017

Blog: Universal Credit: Rollout speeds up but leaves problems in its wake

A key parliamentary committee has re-launched an inquiry into Universal Credit after receiving disturbing evidence of the problems encountered by tenants from councils. Heather Spurr believes the UK government should use the opportunity to listen to the concerns of tenants and landlords who are dealing with the worrying fallout of the once ‘flagship’ welfare reform.

Published 1 March 2017

Blog: Scotland’s approach to social security

"Social security is a human right". Social security minister Jeane Freeman blogs about Scotland's approach to its new agency.

Published 28 February 2017

Housing associations call for long-term plan for supported housing

Three of Scotland’s largest housing associations have joined together to urge the Scottish Government to find a long-term solution on how to fund supported housing to better meet the challenge of an ageing population and help with better integration of health and social care services across the country.

Published 27 February 2017

Anger as Westminster ‘completely disregards’ housing benefit discussions with Scottish ministers

Social security and equalities secretary Angela Constance has expressed her anger at the UK government’s announcement that it is to impose new housing benefit regulations in Scotland, which came just days after ministers at Westminster were unable to provide a timetable for the plans.

Published 27 February 2017

MSPs call for action to address ‘systematic problems’ with Universal Credit

Serious systematic problems exist with the new Universal Credit system which will only get worse as a result of the UK government’s planned closure of job centres in Scotland, according to a letter issued by a committee of MSPs.

Published 24 February 2017

Scottish Government fails to reach agreement with Westminster over ‘bedroom tax’

Scottish ministers have yet to reach an agreement with the UK government over a potential reduction in the benefits of claimants in Scotland when the Scottish Government abolishes the ‘bedroom tax’.

Published 23 February 2017

Suspending benefit payments ‘can lead to rent arrears and homelessness’, MPs warn

Unexplained variations in the use of benefit sanctions are “unacceptable” and must be addressed, according to a committee of MPs.

Published 22 February 2017

Westminster warned against benefits ‘claw back’ once ‘bedroom tax’ abolished in Scotland

Scottish ministers are to seek assurances from the UK government that it will not reduce the benefits of claimants in Scotland when the Scottish Government abolishes the ‘bedroom tax’.

Published 20 February 2017

Blog: Consultation on Universal Credit regulations

Private landlords representative John Blackwood encourages people to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Universal Credit regulations.

Published 17 February 2017

New budgeting support for Universal Credit claimants

Free online support has been launched to help Universal Credit claimants with their personal finances.

Published 15 February 2017

Welfare reform ‘will cost Dundee economy £100m a year’

The UK government’s welfare reform measures are set to cost Dundee’s economy almost £100 million every year by 2021, according to new research.

Published 9 February 2017