Welfare



Half of low income households at risk of missing out on vital welfare support

Almost half of low income households in the UK are not claiming the welfare benefits and tax credits they could be entitled to, according to new research.

Published 11 May 2016

Blog: Homes must be at the heart of Scotland’s new social security system

By Adam Lang, head of communications and policy at Shelter Scotland

Published 6 May 2016

Housing, energy efficiency and welfare feature high on SNP manifesto

The SNP has unveiled plans for 50,000 new affordable homes, a Warm Homes Bill to help tackle fuel poverty and a social security system based on dignity and respect should it win the upcoming Holyrood election.

Published 21 April 2016

Lib Dems pledge more homes for rent and ‘fair’ Scottish welfare system

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have set out plans to increase in housing supply by expanding the Housing Fund for Scotland model and tackle youth homelessness through mediation.

Published 18 April 2016

New work and pensions secretary pledges ‘no further cuts’ to welfare

New work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb has said there will be no further planned cuts to welfare after the UK government abandoned its changes to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Published 22 March 2016

Call to scrap planned disability benefit changes following IDS resignation

The Scottish National Party is calling on David Cameron to “immediately and completely” scrap cuts to disability benefit announced in Wednesday’s budget following the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith.

Published 21 March 2016

Campaigners urge political parties to make welfare a priority

The Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR) has written to political candidates across Scotland to ask them to commit to using new powers to create a fairer social security system.

Published 15 March 2016

Think tank calls for single Scottish department for tax and welfare

The Scottish Government should have a single department responsible for both new tax and welfare powers due to be devolved, according to Reform Scotland.

Published 7 March 2016

UK government delays LHA cap for supported housing tenants by a year

Tenants of supported accommodation will not be subject to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap on housing benefit until April 2017 after the UK government introduced a year-long exception.

Published 2 March 2016

New agency set up to deliver devolved social security payments

A new delivery agency will be set up to administer social security payments worth £2.7 billion when they are devolved to Scotland, social justice secretary Alex Neil announced today.

Published 1 March 2016

Council to ensure that Highland voice is heard on welfare reform

Members of The Highland Council’s resources committee have welcomed the considerable involvement and work carried out by council staff on issues relating to welfare reform and have agreed to support the potential role of local authorities as financial assessment delivery partners for Scotland’s social security system.

Published 26 February 2016

England: Supported housing units cancelled or delayed due to LHA cap

Housing associations in England have delayed or cancelled plans to build new sheltered accommodation units due to proposed cuts to housing benefit.

Published 16 February 2016

First minister ‘deeply concerned’ by housing benefit cuts to women’s refuges

Nicola Sturgeon has called on the UK government to “immediately” announce an exemption for women's refuges and other types of supported accommodation.

Published 12 February 2016

Minister seeks clarity on impact of housing benefit cuts on supported accommodation tenants

Social justice secretary Alex Neil has called for “urgent clarification” from the UK government around the proposal to restrict housing benefit for tenants in supported and women’s aid refuge accommodation.

Published 8 February 2016