60,000 Scots face poverty as result of Universal credit cuts, ministers warn

A new report from the Scottish Government has revealed the full impact of the planned withdrawal of emergency benefit measures, brought in by the UK Government to support people through the pandemic.

Published 20 November 2020

Child Disability Payment to be introduced next summer

Child Disability Payment will be the next new benefit to be introduced by the Scottish Government.

Published 18 November 2020

Applications to open early for Scottish Child Payment

The new Scottish Child Payment is to open early for applications from Monday November 9.

Published 4 November 2020

New Scottish benefit system to offer short term assistance payment

People challenging disability benefit decisions will be able to claim a new Short Term Assistance payment under Scotland’s new social security system.

Published 2 November 2020

Mother who had Universal Credit reduced due to Maternity Allowance fails to challenge benefit rules

A woman who argued it was unlawful to distinguish between Statutory Maternity Pay and state Maternity Allowance when calculating how much a person should receive in Universal Credit has failed in her claim before an English court.

Published 28 October 2020

Scottish Government crisis grants soar during lockdown

The amount paid out in crisis grants to people in need increased by more than three quarters in the early stages of lockdown, according to the latest Scottish Government figures.

Published 28 October 2020

Child Winter Heating Assistance payments to start

Families of disabled children will receive a new heating benefit from the Scottish Government by Christmas.

Published 27 October 2020

Shirley-Anne Somerville: Designing a benefit service with those who will use it

As the Scottish Government share details of what its new disability benefits will look and feel like for those who interact with the new benefit system, cabinet secretary for social security and older people Shirley-Anne Somerville explains how a series of policy position papers will set out the journey from application right through to the appeal process.

Published 26 October 2020

Scottish Government announces £30m COVID-19 hardship fund

A £30 million package of funding from the Scottish Government is being made available to local authorities to support people facing financial hardship as a result of coronavirus, including money to provide free school meals over the school holidays.

Published 21 October 2020

Benefit for young carers in Scotland enters second year

Young carers are being encouraged to check if they are entitled to further awards as the Young Carer Grant marks it’s second anniversary.

Published 21 October 2020

MPs call for 'starter payments' to address Universal Credit five-week wait

A starter payment should be made to people claiming Universal Credit (UC) for the first time to ensure that everyone has enough money for basics such as food and heating during the five-week wait for their initial monthly payment, a report by the Work and Pensions Committee has recommended.

Published 19 October 2020

Holyrood warned of increased risk of homelessness due to lack of COVID-19 safety net

CIH Scotland has raised concerns about the increased risk of eviction and homelessness as the UK Government’s job retention scheme comes to a close at the end of October. 

Published 12 October 2020

Scottish Government announces new grant for those in isolation

People on low incomes will be eligible to receive a new £500 grant from the Scottish Government if asked to self-isolate.

Published 1 October 2020

New social security legislation passed by Scottish Parliament

New legislation to improve the benefits system to help those who need it most was unanimously passed by the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

Published 30 September 2020

Social Security Scotland signs 20-year lease at Dundee Waterfront building

Social Security Scotland has taken a 20-year lease to become the first tenants at Dundee’s Waterfront regeneration project.

Published 17 September 2020