Actual use of spare room irrelevant in ‘bedroom tax’ assessment, appeal judges rule

A disabled woman who converted a bedroom in her rented housing association property into a second living room so she could have a living space separate from her carers was still liable for the higher rate of the so-called ‘bedroom tax’, appeal judges have ruled.

Published 16 June 2017

Election results should force welfare reform re-think, says Scottish housing sector

Scotland’s affordable housing sector has called on the new UK Parliament to work cross party to address implementation issues with welfare reform.

Published 12 June 2017

Angus Housing Association bucks trend with record low rent arrears performance

At the end of financial year 2016/17, Angus Housing Association has reported record low rent arrears of 1.01%.

Published 1 June 2017

Scottish Liberal Democrats pledge to create housing and infrastructure development bank

A housing and infrastructure development bank will be created to stimulate major capital investment across the UK under new plans by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Published 1 June 2017

First new social security benefits for Scotland announced

Details of the first social security benefits to be delivered by the Scottish Government following the introduction of new devolved powers have been outlined to the Scottish Parliament.

Published 31 May 2017

Discretionary Housing Payments topped £50m over past year

Almost 113,000 awards have been made under the Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) scheme over the past year, with a total value of £51.9 million, new figures have revealed.

Published 31 May 2017

SNP 2017 general election manifesto launched in Perth

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined the SNP’s key policies yesterday as the party leader revealed its manifesto for the upcoming general election.

Published 31 May 2017

SFHA outlines its five general election asks

With the general election just two weeks away, the Scottish Federation of Housing Association (SFHA) has revealed its five-point plan to reduce the damaging impact of welfare reforms.

Published 26 May 2017

21,000 young Scots face losing over £22m in rent from planned LHA cap

An interim report on the impact of UK government plans to cap housing benefit for social housing tenants aged under 35 has concluded that 21,000 young Scots could face a rent affordability gap of up to £22.6 million annually as a result.

Published 22 May 2017

More than 2,000 people recruited to benefits experience panel

Thousands of people with direct personal experience of the current benefits system have signed up to help shape the delivery of benefits in Scotland’s new social security system.

Published 16 May 2017

Blog: Election 2017: what we're asking for on... welfare

As the build up to next month’s general election continues, CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister takes a closer look at what we’re asking for on welfare policy – one of our key election priorities.

Published 10 May 2017

Blog: A social security system that puts people first

Social security minister Jeane Freeman on removing the involvement of the private sector in carrying out benefit assessments.

Published 5 May 2017

Private sector removed from welfare assessments in new social security system

Scotland’s new social security agency will remove the involvement of the private sector in carrying out benefit assessments, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

Published 28 April 2017

Women ‘hardest hit’ by UK welfare cuts, says minister

Women are being unfairly impacted by recent UK government cuts to benefits and welfare eligibility, according to equalities secretary Angela Constance.

Published 18 April 2017

Clear plan needed for transfer of social security powers, say MPs and MSPs

A joint letter issued today by Holyrood’s social security committee and Westminster’s Scottish affairs committee has called for a clear plan is needed for the successful transfer of welfare powers north of the Border.

Published 11 April 2017