Welfare



New research reveals ‘bedroom tax’ is damaging children’s education

Experts have called on the UK government to review its ‘bedroom tax’ policy after a new study revealed the reform is having a serious impact on children’s ability to learn.

Published 9 December 2015

Low-income working families on Universal Credit set to lose £1,300

Working households on Universal Credit are set to lose an average of £1,000 in 2020, rising to £1,300 for those with children, despite the welcome reversal of the main cuts to tax credits announced in the Spending Review.

Published 27 November 2015

Glasgow tops Scotland’s Discretionary Housing Payments bill

Glasgow is on course to have more than £8 million spent on payments to mitigate the ‘bedroom tax’ this year, according to official statistics.

Published 25 November 2015

Churches fear welfare reforms will push disadvantaged people further into poverty

The Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church have warned that the UK government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill will fail to get people into work and will instead increase poverty.

Published 5 November 2015

More welfare powers added to Scotland Bill

New welfare legislation will bring about big changes for Scotland that can make a difference to the lives of people in Scotland, Scottish secretary David Mundell said yesterday.

Published 3 November 2015

UN to review UK’s welfare cuts to see if they disproportionately affect the vulnerable

The United Nations is to review the UK government’s £12bn welfare cuts to see if they “disproportionately affect” the rights of the disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

Published 30 October 2015

Holyrood ‘unlikely’ to be able to reverse all UK welfare cuts

Deputy first minister John Swinney has conceded that the Scottish Government may not be in a position to afford to reverse all of the welfare cuts being imposed by Chancellor George Osborne.

Published 16 October 2015

David Mundell promises Scotland Bill will be ‘game-changer’ for welfare

The Scottish Government will be able to "top up" tax credits and child benefit payments as part of new powers coming to Holyrood, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has confirmed.

Published 12 October 2015

Scottish Parliament could reverse Tory benefit cuts ‘as early as 2017’

The Scottish Government will have the power to reverse cuts to working tax credits in Scotland as early as 2017, according to a senior Whitehall source.

Published 6 October 2015

Blog: Universal Credit has landed

In a guest blog for Shelter Scotland, Kirsty McKechnie, welfare rights worker for Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, gives the story so far for Universal Credit.

Published 2 October 2015

Scottish Government to abolish ‘84-day’ benefits rule

A rule that removes benefits from families whose disabled children are forced to spend long periods in hospital is to be scrapped by the Scottish Government.

Published 23 September 2015

Benefit sanctions blamed for increased use of food banks

Gaps in the social security safety net are the key reason why people in Scotland are turning to food banks, according to a new report.

Published 22 September 2015

Year of success but welfare challenges ahead, Thenue AGM told

Significant welfare reform by the UK government will continue to pose extraordinarily difficult challenges for individuals and housing providers alike, Thenue Housing has warned.

Published 21 September 2015

Welfare reform leaving one in four MS sufferers unable to heat their homes

A quarter of Scots with multiple sclerosis (MS) are cutting back on gas and electricity to get by because of cuts to their disability benefits, according to a new report.

Published 16 September 2015

Scotland ‘will not replicate’ Westminster’s new child poverty definition

The UK government’s attempt to make legislative changes to the definition of child poverty will not be replicated in Scotland as they would exclude working poor households, social justice secretary Alex Neil has told Westminster.

Published 14 September 2015