Discretionary Housing Payments used to ‘paper over the cracks’ of poor policies

Shelter Scotland has cautioned against Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) being viewed as a long-term solution to Scotland’s housing crisis after new figures revealed a 37 per cent increase in the number of awards.

Published 25 August 2015

North Lanarkshire Council secures £29m of welfare assistance

Thousands of people struggling from the affects of welfare reform received over £29 million worth of help, thanks to North Lanarkshire Council's housing and social work team.

Published 25 August 2015

Devolved finance ministers issue joint warning on ‘unnecessary’ austerity plans

Finance ministers from all three Devolved Administrations have issued a joint warning that UK austerity plans “present unnecessary risks to our public services”.

Published 25 August 2015

Almost half of ESA & JSA sanctions overturned when reviewed

Almost half of all sanctions imposed on the UK government’s Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) have been overturned when reviewed, according to official figures.

Published 19 August 2015

DWP admits using 'fake' claimants in benefit sanctions leaflet

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted using made-up stories from fictional claimants to demonstrate the positive impact of benefit sanctions.

Published 19 August 2015

Universal Credit payment revamp ‘could help 700,000 households’

New powers to make changes over how Universal Credit is paid will eventually affect over 700,000 households across the country, according to the Scottish Government.

Published 12 August 2015

Welsh government urged to follow Scottish lead on ‘bedroom tax’

An influential assembly committee has called on the Welsh Government to look again at whether it should follow the Scottish model of ‘bedroom tax’ mitigation.

Published 29 July 2015

DWP advisors call for ‘urgent review’ of benefit sanctions

An independent advisory committee has called for an urgent and robust review of the UK government’s benefit sanctions regime amid concerns that it is failing to help jobless claimants.

Published 27 July 2015

Changing poverty definitions ‘will see 120,000 children ignored’

Around 120,000 children will be cast adrift if the UK government changes its definition of child poverty, social justice secretary Alex Neil has claimed.

Published 27 July 2015

£12bn welfare cuts bill passes first parliamentary hurdle

MPs have backed UK government plans for £12 billion in welfare cuts.

Published 21 July 2015

Scottish ministers seek welfare and employability powers

Scotland’s fair work and social justice ministers are to press UK ministers to fully honour the Smith recommendations on powers over welfare and employability.

Published 20 July 2015

Osborne to slow down UK welfare cuts

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is expected to announce today that his planned £12 billion cuts to the UK's welfare budget will be spread over a longer period of time.

Published 8 July 2015

Tax credits plan slammed by deputy first minister

Deputy first minister John Swinney has written a letter expressing his concerns over planned UK government cuts to tax credits.

Published 7 July 2015

Women ‘hit hardest by welfare reform’, warn MSPs

Women are being hit hard on multiple fronts by changes to the benefits system, according to a report published by Holyrood’s Welfare Reform Committee.

Published 6 July 2015

Housing benefit cuts considered as part of £12bn welfare savings

UK ministers are considering forcing all housing benefit recipients to contribute towards their rent as part of efforts to save billions from the welfare bill, according to reports.

Published 3 July 2015