Welfare



Scottish Government to invest £125m to combat UK austerity

Scottish ministers are on course to invest over £125 million in 2018-19 to mitigate the worst impact of UK Government welfare reforms and to protect those on low incomes, social security secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has revealed.

Published 4 January 2019

Hillhead's welfare rights service gains national advice standards accreditation

Hillhead Housing Association has successfully gained National Standards accreditation for the provision of Information and Advice for our welfare rights service.

Published 20 December 2018

£57m paid out in Discretionary Housing Payments in six months

Scotland’s councils paid out almost £57 million in grants towards housing costs for those claiming housing benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit in a six month period, new figures have revealed.

Published 10 December 2018

Extra funds approved for Renfrewshire food bank after Universal Credit introduction

Renfrewshire Food Bank will receive £30,000 funding to reduce the impact of Universal Credit after councillors agreed to a new three-year financial assistance plan.

Published 6 December 2018

Devolved employability service helps almost 5,000 Scots

Almost 5,000 people are being supported towards employment through a new employment service that removes the threat of sanctions.

Published 28 November 2018

DWP raises awareness of Universal Credit portal for landlords and tenants

A new Universal Credit portal has been launched which allows registered social landlords and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to quickly and efficiently share information for benefit claims, continues to expand to those in the sector.

Published 27 November 2018

Govan Law Centre launches Universal Credit campaign

Govan Law Centre (GLC) has called for a new resilience strategy to challenge the adverse impact of Universal Credit in Scotland.

Published 20 November 2018

MP brings Universal Credit advice from Westminster to West Dunbartonshire

West Dunbartonshire MP Martin Docherty-Hughes joined housing staff from Bellsmyre and Cordale Housing Associations last week to discuss the impending roll out of Universal Credit and the impact it will have on tenants and local constituents.

Published 13 November 2018

Benefit sanction regime ‘harmful and counterproductive’, say MPs

MPs have called on the UK Government to urgently reassess its benefit sanctions regime after a new report found that the evidence that the policy is achieving its aims is at best mixed, and at worst showing a policy that appears “arbitrarily punitive”.

Published 6 November 2018

Thousands of Scots taking advantage of Universal Credit flexibility

Almost half of those in receipt of Universal Credit in Scotland have chosen for their payments to be paid in a different way when offered the choice by the Scottish Government.

Published 1 November 2018

More than 300,000 Scottish households have received emergency grants

A total of 306,305 low income households in Scotland have been helped to pay for essential items such as food and heating through emergency grant funding since 2013.

Published 31 October 2018

Committee report echoes SFHA worries over Universal Credit

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said that a House of Commons committee’s report into the “unacceptable” hardship caused by Universal Credit echoes many of its own concerns with the policy.

Published 29 October 2018

MPs call out DWP’s ‘dismissive attitude’ regarding ‘unacceptable’ hardship caused by Universal Credit

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has persistently dismissed evidence that Universal Credit is causing hardship for claimants and refuses to measure what it does not want to see, according to a committee of MPs.

Published 26 October 2018

Universal Credit ‘income shock’ could drive foodbank use

Foodbank provider Trussell Trust has issued a stark warning to MSPs that Universal Credit could drive in-work poverty and foodbank use.

Published 25 October 2018

Single Universal Credit payments ‘a backward step’ in tackling domestic abuse, say MPs

An influential group of MPs has urged the UK Government to scrap new Universal Credit rules which they claim make it harder for victims of domestic violence to leave abusive relationships.

Published 23 October 2018