Up to 700,000 households to benefit from flexible Universal Credit payments

The Scottish Government’s plans to introduce flexible Universal Credit payments will benefit up to 700,000 households, it has been revealed.

Published 30 January 2017

Blog: Fairer Scotland – This year’s priorities

Communities, social security and equalities secretary Angela Constance looks ahead to the rest of 2017.

Published 26 January 2017

Blog: The return of the Bedroom Tax monster?

In a guest blog for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Shelter Scotland’s Aoife Deery says there are big questions regarding the future affordability of social housing.

Published 25 January 2017

Blog: Early warnings about the lower benefit cap

Kirsty McKechnie from the Child Poverty Action Group highlights worrying examples of how the benefit cap reduction is hitting people in Scotland

Published 24 January 2017

Council landlords welcome Scottish Government’s use of new welfare powers

Council housing staff across Scotland have welcomed the news that the Scottish Government will use its new welfare powers to allow the housing element of Universal Credit to be paid directly to landlords and to increase the frequency of payments to claimants.

Published 18 January 2017

Universal Credit flexibility plans welcomed

Last week’s announcement that tenants will have the choice of having the housing element of Universal Credit payments made directly to their housing associations and co-operatives has been welcomed by the Scottish Federation of Housing Association (SFHA) and Shelter Scotland.

Published 16 January 2017

Universal Credit recipients to be given direct landlord payment option

The Scottish Government plans to use its new social security powers for the first time to increase the frequency of Universal Credit payments and offer to pay housing benefits direct to landlords.

Published 13 January 2017

Blog: Bedroom Tax 2 – DWP’s warped logic must be challenged

It might seem trite to term the proposed LHA limits on social housing as ‘Bedroom Tax 2’ but it’s completely legitimate, writes David Bookbinder.

Published 13 January 2017

SFHA concerned about mixed messaging from DWP

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has raised concerns about the inconsistent messaging from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) following their claim the LHA cap - dubbed the Bedroom Tax 2 - will not apply to existing tenants.

Published 10 January 2017

DWP accused of ‘peddling lies and deliberately misleading the public’

Angus Housing Association director, Bruce Forbes, has accused a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokesperson of “peddling lies and deliberately misleading the public” to justify the Westminster government’s “brutal” cuts to welfare.

Published 9 January 2017

Angus director concerned over ‘horrendous’ welfare changes

The director of Angus Housing Association in Dundee has warned that changes to welfare payments could plunge some of the city’s poorest people further into poverty.

Published 6 January 2017

Welfare changes ‘damaging’ to low income families, minister warns

Minister for social security Jeane Freeman has expressed strong opposition to the UK government on its proposal to limit the number of children in families who can qualify for Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit.

Published 5 January 2017

New welfare cuts will cause increase in debt and homelessness, housing sector warns

Westminster's plans for a fresh round of welfare cuts, dubbed ‘Bedroom Tax 2’, threatens to undermine housebuilding projects, increase homelessness, and weaken public sector finances across Scotland, it has been claimed.

Published 4 January 2017

East Lothian rent arrears up 20 per cent in first three months of Universal Credit

Universal Credit has caused a 20 per cent rise in rent arrears from East Lothian Council tenants in just three months since it was introduced, a report has found.

Published 19 December 2016

Universal Credit having ‘considerable impact’ on arrears levels

The average rent arrears of a tenant receiving Universal Credit is almost five times the average of those not in receipt of the welfare payment, according to new research.

Published 14 December 2016