Welfare



More than 300,000 Scottish households have received emergency grants

A total of 306,305 low income households in Scotland have been helped to pay for essential items such as food and heating through emergency grant funding since 2013.

Published 31 October 2018

Committee report echoes SFHA worries over Universal Credit

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said that a House of Commons committee’s report into the “unacceptable” hardship caused by Universal Credit echoes many of its own concerns with the policy.

Published 29 October 2018

MPs call out DWP’s ‘dismissive attitude’ regarding ‘unacceptable’ hardship caused by Universal Credit

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has persistently dismissed evidence that Universal Credit is causing hardship for claimants and refuses to measure what it does not want to see, according to a committee of MPs.

Published 26 October 2018

Universal Credit ‘income shock’ could drive foodbank use

Foodbank provider Trussell Trust has issued a stark warning to MSPs that Universal Credit could drive in-work poverty and foodbank use.

Published 25 October 2018

Single Universal Credit payments ‘a backward step’ in tackling domestic abuse, say MPs

An influential group of MPs has urged the UK Government to scrap new Universal Credit rules which they claim make it harder for victims of domestic violence to leave abusive relationships.

Published 23 October 2018

Universal Credit blamed for 47% increase in demand for rent arrears advice

Demand for advice regarding rent arrears in Scotland has increased by 47% over the last five years, new evidence has revealed.

Published 18 October 2018

SFHA: More than money required to make Universal Credit fit for purpose

Increased funding will not fix the fundamental problems of Universal Credit delivery as the processes need to be fit for purpose as much as policy, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

Published 17 October 2018

New reports are ‘another damning indictment’ into Universal Credit roll-out

The UK government has come under increased pressure to immediately halt the roll-out of Universal Credit after new reports revealed that struggling homeowners, working single parents and disabled people will be the hardest hit under the new benefits system unless urgent action is taken in the next budget.

Published 15 October 2018

West Dunbartonshire prepares for the arrival of Universal Credit

West Dunbartonshire residents are being urged to use a range of council supports to make sure they are prepared for the arrival of Universal Credit next month.

Published 12 October 2018

Finance secretary in Budget welfare warning to Chancellor

Finance and economy secretary Derek Mackay has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to outline the Scottish Government’s “deep concerns” about the impact UK welfare reforms are having on the people of Scotland.

Published 10 October 2018

Blog: Universal Credit remains cruel and unfair

As Universal Credit continues to roll out across Scotland’s biggest city, Wheatley chief executive Martin Armstrong explains how the housing, care and property-management group is preparing tenants in Glasgow and beyond for the challenges it presents.

Published 5 October 2018

Holyrood social security committee to visit Dundee

Dundee is to be the focus of a visit by MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee investigating the issue of in-work poverty and how the social security system impacts on those in-work but experiencing low income.

Published 1 October 2018

New Scottish social security body to deliver disability assessments

Assessments for disability support will be carried out by Social Security Scotland, fully supported by public sector healthcare professionals, the Scottish Government has announced.

Published 27 September 2018

Struggling Melville tenants better off by £762k thanks to award-winning advice service

Melville Housing Association’s award-winning welfare benefits advice service is celebrating another hugely successful year during which it helped struggling tenants access over three quarters of a million pounds while achieving the Scottish National Standard for Information and Advice Providers for a third time.

Published 25 September 2018

Benefits boost to help people begging in Glasgow city centre

People begging in Glasgow city centre will be helped to apply for benefits by a new roving digital inclusion officer, the local authority has announced.

Published 31 August 2018