Welfare



Spike in crisis grant applications

A 59% increase in applications for crisis grants in Scotland in March shows that low-income families are struggling to cope with the impacts of the coronavirus crisis, social security secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has said.

Published 11 May 2020

Universal Credit claims up by nearly two million

Nearly two million claims have been made for Universal Credit across the UK during the COVID-19 outbreak, new figures have revealed.

Published 7 May 2020

Scottish Welfare Fund statistics ‘shine spotlight on people in need’

Governments must not lose sight of the underlying reasons behind the increasing reliance on welfare, Shelter Scotland has warned after new statistics revealed an increase in awards by the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Published 29 April 2020

Online benefits calculator helps Angus residents during coronavirus crisis

Angus Council’s online benefits calculator has helped residents to identify and confirm benefits totalling £3.4 million in the first critical week of the coronavirus lockdown.

Published 23 April 2020

Scotland sees more than 110,000 Universal Credit claims since coronavirus outbreak

Household claims for Universal Credit in Scotland have increased from an average of 20,000 per month in 2019 to over 110,000 between 1 March and 7 April, highlighting the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on people’s finances.

Published 22 April 2020

Income maximisation service generates more than £1.8m for Milnbank tenants

Milnbank Housing Association’s income maximisation team has continued to generate increased year on year financial gains after securing £1,871,907 for its tenants during the financial year ending March 31, 2020.

Published 22 April 2020

Universal Credit claimants to verify identity through Government Gateway

People applying for Universal Credit will now be able to use their existing Government Gateway account to confirm their identity, helping to speed up their claim.

Published 17 April 2020

Scottish Government relaxes benefit eligibility during coronavirus crisis

The Scottish Government has temporarily changed eligibility for a number of social security benefits to help people who are impacted by coronavirus.

Published 16 April 2020

Coronavirus delays roll-out of devolved benefits

Devolved benefits due to be rolled-out later this year have been delayed due to the impact of coronavirus on Scotland’s social security services.

Published 2 April 2020

Benefit reviews and reassessments suspended for three months

Reviews and reassessments for disability benefits are being suspended for the next three months.

Published 24 March 2020

Local Housing Allowance increase ‘couldn’t be more welcome’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to ensure the Local Housing Allowance is guaranteed to cover at least 30% of market rents in a claimant’s area has been welcomed by Shelter Scotland.

Published 24 March 2020

Universal Credit claimants suspected of £150m advances fraud

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has identified nearly 100,000 Universal Credit claimants that it suspects may have claimed an advance fraudulently, the National Audit Office (NAO) said today.

Published 20 March 2020

‘Immediate and substantial increase’ required to Scottish Welfare Fund

A coalition of anti-poverty charities is today calling for a significant boost to the Scottish Welfare Fund to protect people in poverty.

Published 18 March 2020

Call for suspension of face-to-face benefit assessments to be made permanent

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has welcomed news that face-to-face social security assessments are to be suspended during the coronavirus outbreak and have called on the UK Government for the change to be made permanent.

Published 17 March 2020

European Court of Human Rights rules against UK Government in ‘bedroom tax’ case

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the UK Government was discriminating against vulnerable victims of domestic violence by reducing their housing benefits.

Published 16 March 2020