New social security agency to be based in Dundee and Glasgow

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Scotland’s new social security agency will be headquartered in Dundee, bringing hundreds of jobs to the city.

Published 18 September 2017

Funding shortfall forces Fife Council to review its homeless services

Homelessness agencies could be asked to fill in a gap in the services provided by Fife Council as the local authority faces up to the “significant challenges” of increased demand and continued welfare reforms.

Published 12 September 2017

SFHA lambasts continued roll-out of ‘catastrophic’ Universal Credit

The continued roll-out of Universal Credit will have “catastrophic consequences” for some of the most vulnerable in society as well as undermine the sustainability of housing associations, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

Published 7 September 2017

New working group to make urgent recommendations to end rough sleeping

The Scottish Government has pledged to establish an expert group together with a £50 million fund with the aim of eradicating homelessness for good.

Published 6 September 2017

SFHA calls for housing to be kept centre-stage of Holyrood debates

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has today outlined three key issues for its members ahead of the Programme for Government 2017–18 being unveiled.

Published 5 September 2017

Scottish charities call for halt to roll-out of ‘flawed’ Universal Credit

A group of 24 Scottish charities have come together to urge the UK government to stop the roll-out of the Universal Credit system in Scotland.

Published 31 August 2017

SFHA ‘concerned’ over social security bill’s tenancy sustainment capabilities

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has accused the Social Security (Scotland) Bill of saying little about the powers the Scottish Government could exercise that would assist tenants who need help to sustain their tenancy.

Published 30 August 2017

Councils agree next steps to increasing benefit uptake

Social security minister Jeane Freeman met local councils yesterday to discuss the practical steps needed to encourage more people to claim the financial support they are entitled to.

Published 25 August 2017

CIH Scotland submits evidence on new Social Security Bill

CIH Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s focus on creating a new social security system based on human rights, dignity and respect but has raised concerns about how the principles will be applied and measured.

Published 24 August 2017

Housing crisis ‘hitting young Scots and PRS tenants more than most’

Young people and private renters are disproportionately affected by a “terrible shortage” of affordable homes in Scotland, according to a new report.

Published 8 August 2017

CIH issues homelessness warning amid new benefit cap statistics

The latest benefit cap statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show there is a need for the UK government to re-look at welfare policies, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has said.

Published 4 August 2017

Scottish Welfare Fund has assisted over a quarter of a million households

More than a quarter of a million individual low-income households have received awards totalling £132.6 million from the Scottish Welfare Fund since its inception in 2013.

Published 25 July 2017

Benefit cap is discriminatory when applied to lone parents with young children, High Court rules

The High Court in London has ruled that the application of the benefit cap to lone parents with children under two is unlawful because of its discriminatory impact upon children.

Published 23 June 2017

Citizens Advice Scotland and SCVO welcome new Social Security Bill

The publication of the Social Security Bill is a “landmark moment” for the Scottish Parliament, according to Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO).

Published 22 June 2017

Landmark social security bill published by Scottish Government

Historic legislation to establish Scotland’s first social security system has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

Published 21 June 2017