Welfare



UK Government admits link between Universal Credit and soaring food bank demand

The contribution of the Universal Credit rollout to an increase in food bank use has finally been conceded by work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd.

Published 12 February 2019

MSPs call for ‘fundamental changes’ to Universal Credit before more claimants are moved over

People due to move from tax credits to Universal Credit face significant issues and a dramatic culture change, according to Holyrood’s social security committee.

Published 7 February 2019

Holyrood to investigate social security and its impact on rented housing

The Scottish Parliament’s social security committee has launched an inquiry into whether the social security system adequately supports tenants in both the private rented sector and social housing.

Published 5 February 2019

Blog: Universal Credit - the story so far

CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister rounds up all the latest changes to Universal Credit – including some which have slipped under the radar.

Published 1 February 2019

WWHC: Universal Credit has made it ‘almost impossible’ to provide rent options

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative (WWHC) is to consult on a proposed rent change for the forthcoming financial year but has blamed Universal Credit for not being able to provide tenants with more than one option.

Published 31 January 2019

Scottish Welfare Fund assistance tops £181m

More than £181 million in emergency funding has been accessed by low income households in Scotland since 2013.

Published 29 January 2019

Commons committee launches inquiry into ‘natural migration’ to Universal Credit

The UK Parliament’s work and pensions committee is today launching a new inquiry into the process by which people claiming existing benefits move onto Universal Credit if they have a change in their circumstances.

Published 23 January 2019

MP seeks 'crucial' Universal Credit reforms over domestic abuse risk

An SNP MP has urged the UK Government to accept amendments to its Domestic Abuse Bill to tackle the increased risk of financial abuse under the current Universal Credit system.

Published 22 January 2019

Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick provides welfare evidence to UK Parliament committee

Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) director Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick provided oral evidence this week to the UK Parliament’s work and pensions committee on its inquiry into the welfare safety net.

Published 18 January 2019

High Court finds DWP unlawful on Universal Credit assessments

Four working single mothers have secured a High Court victory against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for the operation of its Universal Credit benefits scheme.

Published 14 January 2019

Tory government scraps two-child benefits cap extension

The UK Government is to scrap its plans to extend a benefits cap to 15,000 families with more than two children.

Published 11 January 2019

Loretto helps tenant land £21,000 in backdated benefit payments

A Loretto Housing tenant has received more than £21,000 in backdated benefit payments thanks to the work of the Association’s welfare benefits advisor.

Published 11 January 2019

Social security charter laid for Parliament approval

A document which outlines the eight principles that will guide Scotland’s new social security system is to be considered for approval by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 11 January 2019

Chair of new Social Security Commission unveiled

Social security secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has announced the appointment of Dr Sally Witcher as chair of a new body tasked with scrutinising the Scottish social security system.

Published 8 January 2019

Four new benefits to help low income families and carers in 2019

Low income families and carers will benefit from four new benefits being introduced by Social Security Scotland this year.

Published 7 January 2019