Welfare



Universal Credit blamed for 47% increase in demand for rent arrears advice

Demand for advice regarding rent arrears in Scotland has increased by 47% over the last five years, new evidence has revealed.

Published 18 October 2018

SFHA: More than money required to make Universal Credit fit for purpose

Increased funding will not fix the fundamental problems of Universal Credit delivery as the processes need to be fit for purpose as much as policy, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

Published 17 October 2018

New reports are ‘another damning indictment’ into Universal Credit roll-out

The UK government has come under increased pressure to immediately halt the roll-out of Universal Credit after new reports revealed that struggling homeowners, working single parents and disabled people will be the hardest hit under the new benefits system unless urgent action is taken in the next budget.

Published 15 October 2018

West Dunbartonshire prepares for the arrival of Universal Credit

West Dunbartonshire residents are being urged to use a range of council supports to make sure they are prepared for the arrival of Universal Credit next month.

Published 12 October 2018

Finance secretary in Budget welfare warning to Chancellor

Finance and economy secretary Derek Mackay has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to outline the Scottish Government’s “deep concerns” about the impact UK welfare reforms are having on the people of Scotland.

Published 10 October 2018

Blog: Universal Credit remains cruel and unfair

As Universal Credit continues to roll out across Scotland’s biggest city, Wheatley chief executive Martin Armstrong explains how the housing, care and property-management group is preparing tenants in Glasgow and beyond for the challenges it presents.

Published 5 October 2018

Holyrood social security committee to visit Dundee

Dundee is to be the focus of a visit by MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee investigating the issue of in-work poverty and how the social security system impacts on those in-work but experiencing low income.

Published 1 October 2018

New Scottish social security body to deliver disability assessments

Assessments for disability support will be carried out by Social Security Scotland, fully supported by public sector healthcare professionals, the Scottish Government has announced.

Published 27 September 2018

Struggling Melville tenants better off by £762k thanks to award-winning advice service

Melville Housing Association’s award-winning welfare benefits advice service is celebrating another hugely successful year during which it helped struggling tenants access over three quarters of a million pounds while achieving the Scottish National Standard for Information and Advice Providers for a third time.

Published 25 September 2018

Benefits boost to help people begging in Glasgow city centre

People begging in Glasgow city centre will be helped to apply for benefits by a new roving digital inclusion officer, the local authority has announced.

Published 31 August 2018

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