Welfare



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

UK welfare reforms ‘failing to boost employment’

Reforms to the benefits system are failing in their objective of encouraging the unemployed into work, according to new research.

Published 2 September 2015

Sturgeon reveals plans for rent controls with new Private Tenancies Bill

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has laid out plans to introduce new bills to improve security for private tenants, introduce rent controls and abolish the ‘bedroom tax’ as early as possible.

Published 1 September 2015

United Nations to investigate if UK welfare reforms violate human rights

The United Nations (UN) are to investigate the UK government’s welfare reforms following a complaint that there had “grave and systematic” violations of disabled people’s human rights, it has been reported.

Published 31 August 2015

Gentoo announces redundancies amid £72m shortfall

Gentoo has announced it must make a number of “inevitable redundancies” as it looks to make up an estimated shortfall of £72 million.

Published 27 August 2015

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