Welfare



MPs launch inquiry into Universal Credit five-week wait

How to eliminate the five-week wait for a first Universal Credit payment is the subject of an inquiry by the UK work and pensions committee.

Published 12 March 2020

£20bn of means-tested benefits left unclaimed

MSPs have called on the UK and Scottish governments to work more closely together to ensure people get the benefits they are entitled to after a new report found that up to £20 billion of means-tested benefits had been left unclaimed across the UK in 2016-17.

Published 11 March 2020

Citizens Advice Scotland calls for Budget changes to Universal Credit

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is calling for changes to Universal Credit in today’s UK Budget to ensure people in work can keep more of what they earn.

Published 11 March 2020

Living Rent launches charter to end Universal Credit evictions

Tenants’ union Living Rent has continued its campaign for housing associations in Glasgow to commit to not carry out evictions stemming from debts caused by Universal Credit with the launch of a new charter.

Published 5 March 2020

North Lanarkshire Council establishes Universal Credit Assistance Fund

North Lanarkshire Council has established a Universal Credit Assistance Fund to help tenants who find themselves falling into rent arrears due to built-in waiting times for Universal Credit payments to be processed and paid.

Published 4 March 2020

Age Scotland recovers record £719,000 in unclaimed benefits for older people

Age Scotland has helped to identify £719,000 in unclaimed benefits for older people.

Published 4 March 2020

Value of social security benefits 'worth 88% of pre-Universal Credit days'

Benefit claimants are getting less money in real terms than they were when Universal Credit was introduced in 2013, according to calculations made by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).

Published 19 February 2020

CAS: New chancellor must use first budget to make Universal Credit work for workers

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is urging the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to use his first budget next month to make key changes to Universal Credit, in order to offer more support for people who are in work.

Published 17 February 2020

Shirley-Anne Somerville: Investing in Scotland’s social security system

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, cabinet secretary for social security and older people, discusses how the Scottish Government is creating the new infrastructure for a new public service for Scotland.

Published 14 February 2020

£20m issued in first year of Scottish Government's Best Start Grant

Over £20 million in payments have been issued in the first year of the Scottish Government's new Best Start Grant, according to new figures.

Published 12 February 2020

CAS: Benefits freeze needs to be start of a fairer system

Following a vote in Parliament yesterday, MPs have agreed to end the benefits freeze and raise benefits in line with inflation.

Published 11 February 2020

Greens call for end to 'cruel' benefits cap

Scottish Greens have called for the UK Government to end a controversial cap on benefits, as figures showed over 3,364 Scottish families are having their social security entitlements cut.

Published 10 February 2020

Universal Credit roll-out suffers another delay

The full roll-out of Universal Credit is set for another delay, adding £500 million to its overall cost, according to reports.

Published 4 February 2020

House of Lords launches inquiry into Universal Credit

The House of Lords' economic affairs committee has launched an inquiry into the economics of Universal Credit.

Published 4 February 2020

Scottish Government extends young carer grant

Young carers going through the immigration process will be able to apply for the Scottish Government’s Young Carer Grant without fear of it risking their immigration status.

Published 4 February 2020