Welfare



Blog: Universal Credit is not delivering

As CIH Scotland submits evidence to the Scottish Parliament's social security committee, policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell takes a look at some of the current problems with Universal Credit.

Published 30 August 2018

CIH: Benefit freeze puts private renting out of reach for low-income tenants and risks fuelling homelessness

Even the lowest private rents are now out of reach for people on low incomes – putting thousands at increased risk of homelessness, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has found.

Published 29 August 2018

Dundee set for 40 more social security jobs

Another 40 jobs at Scotland’s new social security agency in Dundee will be advertised next week.

Published 23 August 2018

England: Shelter plans legal action to tackle discrimination of tenants on benefits

A new campaign has been launched after an investigation uncovered routine discrimination by letting agents against tenants on housing benefit.

Published 22 August 2018

Blog: The Scottish Government cannot keep paying for a failed Westminster policy

CIH Vice President Jim Strang calls on the UK government to reconfirm its commitment to reinstating housing payments for 18-21 year olds.

Published 17 August 2018

Housing organisations welcome UK government U-turn on supported housing

Scottish and UK-wide housing organisations have welcomed a major UK government U-turn on funding for temporary supported housing.

Published 10 August 2018

Universal Credit flaws leaving claimants losing out on ‘hundreds’

Low-income households are losing out on hundreds of pounds a year because of a failure of the Universal Credit system to indentify how and when to pay claimants, a charity has warned.

Published 7 August 2018

Scottish Welfare Fund statistics ‘a sign of human cost to housing crisis’

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland has lamented new figures which reveal that nearly 300,000 households have been helped by emergency relief from the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Published 1 August 2018

Three associations work in partnership to deliver benefits for Greater Easterhouse tenants

Blairtummock Housing Association, Gardeen Housing Association and Provanhall Housing Association are working in partnership with Connect Community Trust to provide a new welfare rights service for tenants.

Published 26 July 2018

UK housing bodies warn ‘flawed’ Universal Credit is causing debt and hardship for families in social housing

The four UK housing federations have issued a joint call to the UK government to reform the “flawed” Universal Credit system which they say is causing debt, suffering and hardship for the families they house.

Published 10 July 2018

Minister apologises over ‘inadvertently misleading’ parliament over Universal Credit

Work and pensions secretary Esther McVey has been forced to apologise after being criticised by the national audit watchdog for making “incorrect” claims about Universal Credit in Parliament.

Published 5 July 2018

National Audit Office report echoes SFHA concerns over Universal Credit

A highly critical report on the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP’s) progress in implementing Universal Credit (UC) echoes many of the concerns that have been consistently raised by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), its chief executive has said.

Published 18 June 2018

Drugs gangs ‘exploited bedroom tax’ to use homes of vulnerable tenants for crimes

Legitimate housing provision in the form of good quality housing association accommodation is a “critical resource” for supporting vulnerable tenants at risk of being exploited from serious organised crime, according to new research.

Published 5 June 2018

Benefit sanctions failing to treat claimants with dignity, say lawyers

The current system of benefit sanctions is failing to treat claimants with dignity and respect and causing severe hardship for some of the most vulnerable people in society, according to the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 5 June 2018