Welfare



Fife fights poverty with new help for council tenants

A £1 million fund is to be made available to help Fife Council tenants who are struggling to cope with the effects of Universal Credit (UC).

Published 11 June 2019

New benefit launched to help towards school costs

A new benefit to help low income families with school-related costs is now open for applications.

Published 5 June 2019

Scottish Government facing £1bn fiscal black hole

The Scottish Government will need to manage volatility in its Budget as the devolution of tax and spending powers becomes fully operational, according to the independent Scottish Fiscal Commission.

Published 31 May 2019

Discretionary Housing Payments top £62m in 12 months

Local authorities in Scotland spent more than £62 million over the last year under the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme.

Published 31 May 2019

Proposed benefit changes needed sooner to protect 50,000 children from poverty

The equivalent of a classroom of children will enter poverty in Scotland every day unless benefit changes proposed by the Scottish Government are introduced sooner, a think-tank has warned.

Published 24 May 2019

CAS outlines key recommendations for disability assistance payments

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has today outlined five key recommendations for Scotland’s newly devolved disability assistance payments.

Published 24 May 2019

Benefits cap does not breach human rights, Supreme Court rules

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has called on the UK Government to scrap the “fundamentally unfair” benefit cap after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the policy.

Published 16 May 2019

Benefits assessment service design underway amid high satisfaction levels

A contract to design Scotland’s new social security assessments system has been awarded as figures revealed high satisfaction levels with the new service.

Published 10 May 2019

Watchdog warns delivery of devolved benefits to get harder

The Scottish Government has done a good job of delivering its first set of devolved benefits but the real challenge is still to come, a new report has warned.

Published 2 May 2019

Emergency welfare funding statistics highlight plight of struggling households

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland said the underlying causes of poverty must be tackled as new figures revealed nearly a third of a million low income households accessed emergency funding to help with the costs of essentials such as food and heating in the past six years.

Published 1 May 2019

Social Security Scotland nears £200m payment milestone in first year

The progress made in building Scotland’s new public service has been outlined today, a year since the Social Security (Scotland) Bill 2018 was passed in Parliament.

Published 25 April 2019

Call for direct landlord payments of Universal Credit amid low take-up figures

Scottish Labour has called on the Scottish Government to use the new powers over social security to ensure automatic payment of the Universal Credit housing element to landlords.

Published 15 April 2019

Debt charity warns of Council Tax emergency

Thousands of people in Scotland are struggling with essential household bills especially Council Tax, a debt charity has warned.

Published 10 April 2019

First year success of Govan Housing Association’s Financial Inclusion Team

A Financial Inclusion Team formed by Govan Housing Association to assist its tenants and the wider community with all matters relating to money and welfare benefit advice is celebrating a successful first year.

Published 8 April 2019

SFHA: Universal Credit creates ‘systemic indebtedness’ for new claimants

Ahead of giving evidence today to the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee inquiry into social security support for housing, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said that “Universal Credit is creating systemic indebtedness and arrears for new claimants”.

Published 4 April 2019