Welfare



CAS calls for end of 20-metre rule in new disability payments

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has welcomed encouraging changes from the Scottish Government around adult disability payments, but is urging the government to go further to improve the payment for more disabled people by scrapping the 20 metre rule.

Published 28 June 2021

MPs praise devolution of welfare but good working relationship between governments is 'crucial'

The UK Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee has published its report into welfare policy in Scotland in which MPs have called on the UK Government and Scottish Government to improve information sharing to implement policy and to work together to improve benefit take-up.

Published 25 June 2021

Asylum seekers entitled to backdated child tax credits as Govan Law Centre wins landmark case

HMRC was wrong to refuse a backdated claim for child tax credits for asylum seekers who had been granted refugee status, a judge in the Court of Session has ruled in the first successful social security test case for asylum seekers and tax credits in the UK.

Published 17 June 2021

Call to end ‘discriminatory’ two-child limit on benefits

The Children’s Commissioners of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have published a letter they have sent to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions calling for an end to the two-child limit on Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit.

Published 26 May 2021

New welfare guide from Highland Council published

A new welfare guide has been published on the Highland Council’s website to highlight to people across the Highlands the range of financial support and guidance which is available to them. 

Published 14 May 2021

Scottish Child Payment helps nearly 79,000 young people

An estimated 78,775 children have already benefitted from Scottish Child Payment since its launch.

Published 13 May 2021

Queen's Speech 'must include reform of Universal Credit', says CAS

In advance of the Queen’s Speech later today, Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has called for Universal Credit reform to be a UK Government priority in its legislative agenda.

Published 11 May 2021

Capital Credit Union launches benefits calculator

Edinburgh-based Capital Credit Union has been inundated with hundreds of enquiries after launching an online tool to help people with benefits claims.

Published 16 April 2021

Latest Scottish Welfare Statistics published

Local authorities received 121,090 applications for Discretionary Housing Payments from April 2020 to February 2021 and had spent or committed to spend £74.2 million, according to new figures on the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF).

Published 7 April 2021

Scottish GP practices to receive £3.17m to fund welfare advice and promote health partnerships

GP practices in some of Scotland's most deprived communities will receive £3.17 million of Scottish Government funding dedicated to welfare rights advisors to address growing mental health concerns caused by money and housing insecurity.

Published 22 March 2021

Child Disability Payment pilot date announced

The new Child Disability Payment will be open in pilot areas for applications from 26 July 2021.

Published 22 March 2021

Causal link between Universal Credit and homelessness outlined in government report

Problems with the five-week wait to receive the first Universal Credit payment and sanctions which lead to payments being withdrawn if claimants don’t meet certain conditions have directly contributed towards homelessness in Scotland, a new report has revealed.

Published 18 March 2021

Two in five people struggling with debts have no money at end of month, warns CAS

Scotland faces a ‘cliff edge’ moment as it emerges from lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic, Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has warned.

Published 15 March 2021

Budget: Calls for Universal Credit uplift to be made permanent 

A temporary £20 uplift to Universal Credit announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak said in his Budget speech yesterday must be made permanent, campaigners have urged.

Published 4 March 2021

First families receive Scottish Child Payments

Thousands of families are now receiving their first Scottish Child Payment.

Published 4 March 2021