Welfare minister Lord Freud to retire from role

Minister for welfare reform Lord Freud is to retire from his ministerial position at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) at the end of December.

Published 2 December 2016

Blog: Social security post-consultation

Aoife Deery details Shelter Scotland’s response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on social security.

Published 2 December 2016

Limited evidence welfare sanctions work, says National Audit Office

Sanctions on welfare payments cost more to administer than they save and are being handed out without evidence that they actually work, according to today’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO).

Published 30 November 2016

Councils award over £44m in Discretionary Housing Payments over six months

Over 86,000 Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) awards totalling over £44 million were made by Scotland’s councils over a six month period to support housing costs and mitigate against the ‘bedroom tax’.

Published 30 November 2016

Widened scope of LHA cap ‘to affect over 240,000 more tenancies in Scotland’

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has highlighted that 241,000 more tenants in Scotland will be affected by the announcement that all social housing tenants on Universal Credit will be brought under the new Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap when it is introduced in 2019.

Published 23 November 2016

Local Housing Allowance cap to apply to those on Universal Credit

The UK government’s cap on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) has been delayed for another 12 months for general needs accommodation but will now apply to all tenants who receive Universal Credit when it is introduced in 2019.

Published 22 November 2016

Finance secretary urges UK government to halt ‘harmful’ welfare cuts

The UK government must use the Autumn Statement to reverse its freeze on benefits and the damaging reduction of the benefit cap, and ensure low income families will not face any further welfare cuts, according to finance secretary Derek Mackay.

Published 17 November 2016

Mixed results for ‘bedroom tax’ challenge at Supreme Court

Social housing sector tenants who challenged the so called ‘bedroom tax’ have received a mixed outcome at the Supreme Court.

Published 10 November 2016

£9.2m of support given to low income households

Low income households have benefitted from £9.2 million in grants in the first three months of this financial year thanks to the Scottish Welfare Fund, new figures have shown.

Published 26 October 2016

Benefits freeze and rising prices to hit Scottish household income by £360 a year

More than a million Scottish families will see their income fall by £360 a year by 2020 as inflation rises and welfare payments such as housing benefit are frozen, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned.

Published 19 October 2016

People with experience of benefits to design new social security system

At least 2,000 people who have direct experience of receiving benefits are to help shape Scotland’s first ever social security system.

Published 17 October 2016

Blog: How benefit cuts will hit the 50,000 homes programme

LHA restrictions will hamper the Scottish Government’s plan to deliver 50,000 homes over the next five years, writes David Bookbinder.

Published 13 October 2016

Joint ministerial welfare group discusses progress of transfer of powers

UK and Scottish government ministers met again this week as part of the on-going process to transfer the remaining welfare powers under the Scotland Act 2016.

Published 13 October 2016

New funding allows Link to extend project for tenants affected by welfare reform

Link Group has been awarded an additional £40,715 to extend its Welfare Reform project until March 2017.

Published 11 October 2016

SFHA condemns DWP’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ position on supported accommodation

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that proposed changes to its policy on Local Housing Allowance (LHA) will apply to all tenants in supported housing, not only those with new tenancies.

Published 26 September 2016