Blog: What now for the welfare of Scotland?

David Bookbinder on the tricky issue of welfare in Scotland and the UK following last week’s general election result.

Published 12 May 2015

Universal Credit reaches Scottish Isles

The national roll out of Universal Credit continued yesterday with the benefit now available to new single claimants in Kirkwall, Lerwick and Stornoway.

Published 12 May 2015

Iain Duncan Smith reappointed as work and pensions secretary

Iain Duncan Smith is to remain in charge of welfare reform across the UK after prime minister David Cameron decided to retain him as work and pensions secretary in his new Conservative government.

Published 11 May 2015

Business for Scotland criticises CBI Scotland’s ‘call for austerity’

New CBI Scotland director Hugh Aitken’s calls for austerity to be a priority for the new SNP MPs have been criticised by Business for Scotland.

Published 11 May 2015

Report highlights ‘grotesquely disproportionate’ impact of welfare reform on women

A new report has called on the Scottish Government to implement a gendered response to welfare reform mitigation after it found the cuts have had a “grotesquely disproportionate impact” on women.

Published 6 May 2015

Eight out of ten social housing tenants see no sign of improving finances

Around 86 per cent of low income social housing tenants have seen no sign of their financial situation improving despite a recovering economy, a new survey commissioned by UK charity Turn2us has found.

Published 20 April 2015

Almost one million Brits using food banks says Trussell Trust

The number of British people relying on food banks is expected to reach one million, according to figures from the Trussell Trust, the UK's biggest provider of emergency food aid.

Published 20 April 2015

Stirling Council prepares to support new Universal Credit claimants

Stirling Council is to launch a range of measures to assist benefit claimants affected by the introduction of Universal Credit.

Published 20 April 2015

Sick and disabled claimants to lose up to £80 per week under leaked Tory plans

The Conservatives are considering cuts of up to £80 a week for sick and disabled claimants if they win the election, plans leaked to the BBC have revealed.

Published 28 March 2015

UK: Welfare reforms failing to move social housing tenants into work

The coalition government’s welfare reforms have resulted in very few social housing tenants being able to find jobs despite their aim of moving people dependent on benefits into work, according to a new report by the London School of Economics (LSE).

Published 26 March 2015

MPs call for ‘urgent’ review into benefits sanctions

MPs have called for a full and “urgent” independent review to investigate whether benefit sanctions are being applied appropriately, fairly and proportionately.

Published 24 March 2015

Scottish Government sets out first details on devolved benefits

Detailed information on the scale and reach of social security benefits to be devolved to Scotland has been published.

Published 20 March 2015

Benefit cap ‘breaches children’s rights’ but not unlawful, rules Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has criticised the UK government’s benefit cap for breaching international law on the rights of children but has declined to overturn the controversial policy.

Published 19 March 2015

MSPs ‘surprised and saddened’ over to Mundell food bank evidence

A Scottish Parliament committee has sent evidence that shows the link between the UK government’s welfare reform and an increase in the use of food banks to Scotland Office minister David Mundell MP.

Published 17 March 2015