Welfare



CAS: Universal Credit uplift must be made permanent in upcoming Budget

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is telling MPs ahead of this week’s Budget that the Chancellor must make the £20 uplift to Universal Credit (UC) permanent.

Published 1 March 2021

Wheatley Group’s advice service helps tenants claim an extra £9.4m in benefits

Wheatley Group has helped tenants access an extra £9.4 million of unclaimed welfare benefits they were due.

Published 18 February 2021

More than £37m to support low income households announced by Scottish Government

A package of measures worth £37.2 million has been announced by the Scottish Government to tackle poverty and inequality, in this financial year.

Published 18 February 2021

Scottish Government awards over £14m to low income households

A total of 144,128 COVID Winter Hardship Payments have been made to low-income families by the Scottish Government.

Published 15 February 2021

New Scottish Child Payment starts

More than 77,000 Scottish Child Payment applications have been received since Social Security Scotland started taking applications on November 9.

Published 15 February 2021

New service launched for Scots to calculate benefits entitlement

A new service has been launched for Scots to calculate their benefits entitlement in a bid to address the financial hardship facing many families.

Published 12 February 2021

Housing minister expresses concern over Local Housing Allowance rate freeze

The decision by the UK Government to freeze Local Housing Allowance rates could put tenancies at risk across Scotland, housing minister Kevin Stewart has warned.

Published 10 February 2021

Universal Credit worth less than in 2013, says CAS

Shocking new analysis from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) shows that Universal Credit will fall below its 2013 value in real terms if plans to end the £20 uplift are not reversed.

Published 10 February 2021

CAS: Universal Credit advice soars by 10% during pandemic

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to retain the £20 increase in Universal Credit ahead of a Westminster debate today.

Published 18 January 2021

56,000 parents apply for Scottish Child Payment

Parents across Scotland have been applying early for the new Scottish Child Payment that will open on Monday 15 February.

Published 8 January 2021

Scottish Government launches adult disability payment consultation

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation the Adult Disability Payment.

Published 23 December 2020

More £2.5m in payments made under Child Winter Heating Assistance fund

Thousands of families of disabled children in Scotland have received an additional £200 to help heat their homes this winter.

Published 18 December 2020

Housing minister urges Westminster to raise the rate of Local Housing Allowance

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has written to secretary of state for work and pensions Thérèse Coffey to urge her to reconsider the decision to freeze Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates for the coming financial year.

Published 11 December 2020

Child Disability Payment pilot areas announced

Families of children with a disability or long term health condition living in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles will be able to apply for the Scottish Government's Child Disability Payment from summer 2021.

Published 9 December 2020

Scottish Citizens Advice network unlocks £170m for people

A staggering £170 million was unlocked for people in Scotland during 2019/20 thanks to the work of the country's Citizens Advice network, according to new annual figures show.

Published 7 December 2020