Welfare



SFHA challenges welfare secretary to address major social security concerns

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has challenged parliamentary under-secretary of state for welfare delivery Will Quince MP to address the “major concerns” it has regarding social security delivery.

Published 15 August 2019

Disability benefits applications made easier in Scotland

People with disabilities will have more choice in how they apply for benefits when the Scottish Government takes responsibility for Disability Assistance next year. 

Published 14 August 2019

Calls for investigation as quarter of a million people have been sanctioned under Universal Credit

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has called for an urgent investigation into the sanctions system as new figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) today reveal a quarter of a million people across the UK have been sanctioned under Universal Credit.

Published 13 August 2019

Hillhead Housing Association helps residents receive additional £5m

Residents have received an additional £5 million in annual financial gains thanks to the welfare rights service at Hillhead Housing Association.

Published 9 August 2019

More than 13,000 households in Scotland hit by the benefit cap

More than 13,000 households in Scotland have been affected by the benefit cap, according to new statistics.

Published 2 August 2019

‘Housing emergency’ and cost of living to blame as applications for crisis grants soar

Applications for crisis grants from the Scottish Welfare Fund increased by 11% in 2018/19 as the cost of living crisis and Scotland’s “housing emergency” saw more people turn to the fund for help.

Published 31 July 2019

Reversing the Tide: Putting Rights at the Heart of Homelessness and Social Security

By Shelter Scotland campaigns & policy officer Aoife Deery

Published 16 July 2019

Holyrood committee calls for immediate halt to Universal Credit pilot rollout

A pilot scheme to transfer working tax credit claimants to Universal Credit should not proceed until there is more clarity around what it will mean for those affected, a Scottish Parliament committee has warned.

Published 12 July 2019

People with lived experience sought to help shape Scotland’s social security system

Volunteers are being asked to shape Scotland’s new, fairer social security system.

Published 5 July 2019

UK: 'Bedroom tax' case to be heard at Supreme Court

An appeal is to be heard in the UK's highest court on Wednesday in an important constitutional case on the powers of specialist tribunals and local authorities relating to the 'bedroom tax'. The

Published 2 July 2019

New benefit to tackle child poverty fast-tracked

The Scottish Government has brought forward a new benefit aimed to tackle child poverty by giving extra cash to low-income families.

Published 27 June 2019

Govan Law Centre highlights positive year for housing and homelessness assistance

Govan Law Centre (GLC) has highlighted the positive impact it has had providing assistance in housing, employment, debt, welfare rights and legal work in its newly published annual report.

Published 20 June 2019

New report calls for Scottish Welfare Fund safety net to be strengthened

The system for administering emergency payments used by people who have run out of money for food and other essentials could be improved but needs more cash, according to a new report.

Published 20 June 2019

Landlords ‘disappointed’ in lack of government support for move to improve housing options for Universal Credit claimants

Scotland’s largest membership organisation for private landlords and letting agents has described it as “disappointing” that the Scottish Government won’t support a measure which would increase the availability of homes for those on Universal Credit.

Published 17 June 2019

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