Charities urge UK government to steer away from further welfare cuts

Thirteen of Scotland’s leading charities have appealed to the UK government to find new ways of reducing public spending ahead of £12 billion in additional cuts to the welfare bill in next week’s emergency budget.

Published 30 June 2015

Lifetime costs of Universal Credit up by almost £3bn

The total lifetime cost of the Universal Credit welfare reform programme has increased by nearly £3bn in the past three years to £15.8bn, according to new figures from the UK government.

Published 29 June 2015

Charities to play ‘crucial role’ in developing new social security powers

Charities and groups that work with people who receive benefits will play a crucial role in developing Scotland’s new social security powers, social justice secretary Alex Neil will say today.

Published 24 June 2015

Citizens Advice Scotland reveals worries over impact of welfare cuts

Citizens Advice Scotland has expressed concern about the impact of further welfare cuts, following David Cameron’s speech yesterday.

Published 23 June 2015

Dundee Fairness Commission to assess impact of welfare reform

The impact of welfare reform on the people of Dundee is set to come under the spotlight at the next meeting of the city’s Fairness Commission.

Published 18 June 2015

Conservatives reveal ‘bedroom tax’ concerns

David Cameron’s former speech writer has urged the prime minister to axe the ‘bedroom tax’ after revealing concerns about the policy’s impact.

Published 10 June 2015

Working families could become ‘second class savers’ under Universal Credit

Working families moving onto Universal Credit could become ‘second class savers’, with any money put aside potentially counting against their benefit entitlement, according to a new report published today by the independent think-tank the Resolution Foundation.

Published 8 June 2015

Concerns over how £12bn welfare cuts will affect devolved social security powers

Social justice secretary Alex Neil has called for an inter-governmental meeting to discuss the implications of a planned £12 billion welfare cut on powers contained in the new Scotland Bill.

Published 4 June 2015

Lone parents, disabled women and refugees ‘impacted most’ by benefit sanctions

Calls for new welfare at Holyrood to be used to redress some the “devastating” impacts of benefit sanctions on women will be heard by MSPs today.

Published 2 June 2015

Highland Council pilots alternative Universal Credit payment arrangements

The Highland Council is the first local authority in the UK to trial a new Universal Credit application process that enables landlords to electronically submit an Alternative Payment Arrangement to support vulnerable tenants.

Published 2 June 2015

Report: The Smith Commission and beyond: the devolution of housing benefit to the Scottish Parliament

Shelter Scotland has published a paper which sets out the principles it believes should underpin further devolution of social security - including housing benefit – to the Scottish Parliament, and what steps the Scottish Government and UK governments should take in relation to the devolution of social security.

Published 2 June 2015

UK government urged to improve welfare reform implementation

The UK government’s spending watchdog has criticised the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) for its failure to anticipate problems in its implementation of welfare reform.

Published 1 June 2015

Scots ‘living in constant fear’ of further welfare cuts

Many people accessing benefits are living in constant fear that further cuts will push them into "crisis situations", a new study has found.

Published 1 June 2015

Legal challenge to benefit cap’s impact on disabled people and carers

The High Court has ordered that a judicial review challenge to the benefit cap and its impact upon disabled people and their carers should proceed to a full hearing, and that this hearing must take place urgently.

Published 1 June 2015

Blog: The UK government can cut less than £12bn from benefits – and still meet its welfare target

By Adam van Lohuizen, senior economic analyst at Shelter

Published 29 May 2015