Welfare



North Lanarkshire advice services secure additional benefits

North Lanarkshire’s advice services generated more than £40 million in additional benefit income for its residents during 2019/20.

Published 3 September 2020

Call for views on how social security can aid economic recovery from COVID-19

The Scottish Parliament has issued a call for views to discover how COVID-19 has impacted people in Scotland and how Scottish social security can respond.

Published 2 September 2020

Child Winter Heating Assistance benefit announced by Scottish Government

The Scottish Government yesterday laid legislation to enable the delivery of the new Child Winter Heating Assistance.

Published 1 September 2020

Poverty commission 'shocked' at 'underutilised' Scottish Welfare Fund

Councils in Scotland could have spent £5.8 million more to help people over lockdown if it were to match the increased Scottish Welfare Fund provided by the Scottish Government at the outset of the crisis, according to a new report.

Published 31 August 2020

Child payment benefit to start in February

Low-income families in Scotland with a child under six will be able to apply for £10 per child, per week to assist with living costs from November, with payments to start from the end of February.

Published 21 August 2020

Face-to-face advice services to resume from next week

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced yesterday that from Monday, face to face advice provision can resume for welfare, debt and income maximisation purposes as Scotland remains in Phase 3 of its coronavirus lockdown.

Published 21 August 2020

Expert coalition calls for fundamental review of disability assistance system

A fundamental review of disability assistance must be initiated by the Scottish Government during the next parliament, according to a coalition of organisations campaigning for long-term improvements to social security for disabled people. 

Published 19 August 2020

New benefit to help young people into work

A new benefit to support 16 to 24-year-olds into work if they have been unemployed for six months will open for applications today.

Published 17 August 2020

Benefit cap hit 76% more Scottish households over lockdown

The number of Scottish households hit by the benefit cap increased by 76% in the first two months of lockdown, according to new statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government yesterday.

Published 7 August 2020

Shelter Scotland warns of ‘tidal wave’ of evictions amid crisis grants increase

Shelter Scotland has reiterated its call for an extension to the current eviction protections amid a 40% increase in applications for crisis grants.

Published 5 August 2020

Dundee mental health charity creates new resources to support young people

Feeling Strong, a Dundee-based youth mental health charity, is creating two exciting new resources for children, guardians and young people who are facing mental health challenges. 

Published 31 July 2020

Age Scotland offers benefit checks for over 75s

Age Scotland is offering free benefit checks for over 75s to help people find out if they are eligible for Pension Credit.

Published 15 July 2020

DWP to align direct rent payments with monthly Universal Credit cycle

A new Universal Credit system which will see social landlords receive direct rent payments on the same day that tenants are paid the rest of their benefits is to be rolled out from next month, the UK Government has announced.

Published 13 July 2020

NAO: 90% of Universal Credit claimants get first payment on time but concerns remain over vulnerable people and complex claims

The proportion of claimants receiving their first Universal Credit payment on time has seen “significant” improvements but the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) needs to do more to support vulnerable people and others who struggle to make a claim, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

Published 10 July 2020

More eviction protection needed amid ‘alarming’ rise in crisis grants applications

A 37% increase in applications for crisis grants from the Scottish Welfare Fund highlights the need for an extension to the current protections against eviction, according to Shelter Scotland.

Published 8 July 2020