Welfare



LHA changes will do nothing to tackle years of austerity, warns Kevin Stewart

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has called on the UK Government to deliver a multi-year plan for investment to prevent future welfare cuts putting more people at risk of homelessness.

Published 3 February 2020

CAS welcomes new support for people facing funeral poverty

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of more support for people facing funeral poverty.

Published 3 February 2020

UK Government loses Universal Credit appeals against claimants with severe disabilities

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the UK Government’s appeals against two previous court judgments which found that the secretary of state for work and pensions had unlawfully discriminated against thousands of severely disabled people who moved onto Universal Credit.

Published 31 January 2020

Amount paid out in crisis grants tops £3m over three months

The amount given in crisis grants increased by more than a third in one quarter as low-income families were provided with more than £3 million to cover emergencies.

Published 29 January 2020

UK Government refuses majority of disability benefit claims

Tens of thousands of people have completely lost their disability benefits since 2013 as the UK Government continues to refuse the majority of disability benefit claims, new analysis by the Scottish Government has found.

Published 23 January 2020

170,000 children eligible for new Scottish Child Payment benefit

An estimated 170,000 children will be eligible for the new £10 weekly Scottish Child Payment when it goes live later this year, the Scottish Government has revealed.

Published 17 January 2020

Government lifts cap on Local Housing Allowance rates

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates are to be increased to be in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate from April, the UK Government has confirmed.

Published 14 January 2020

Edinburgh jobcentre awarded homelessness support funding

An Edinburgh jobcentre is one of those to benefit from a share of a £3 million grant from the UK Government to support homeless people.

Published 14 January 2020

Citizens Advice Scotland calls for ‘fundamental overhaul’ of Universal Credit

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has today outlined six key reforms to Universal Credit to help struggling people who have turned to the charity for help.

Published 9 January 2020

Thousands of households in Scotland struggling to pay rent due to austerity

A total of 3,320 families in Scotland claiming help with housing costs are £64 a week worse off because of UK welfare cuts, new data from the Scottish Government has revealed.

Published 8 January 2020

Scottish Government spent £100m in 2019 to mitigate austerity

The Scottish Government spent over £100 million to mitigate the effects of UK Government austerity during 2019, new figures have revealed.

Published 7 January 2020

Cairn Housing Association wins £38k in unpaid benefits for disabled tenants

Cairn Housing Association has transformed the lives of two chronically disabled tenants by winning them back a combined £38,000 unexpected windfall of unpaid benefits.

Published 6 January 2020

DWP confirms plan for social landlords to get direct Universal Credit payments

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has written to housing associations regarding its plans to ensure landlords receive direct payment of housing costs at the same time as tenants receive their Universal Credit payment.

Published 18 December 2019

SFHA: Poverty should be top of agenda for new UK government

The new UK government must urgently tackle issues that are pushing an increasing number of tenants into poverty such as high energy prices and Universal Credit, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

Published 16 December 2019

Scottish Churches Housing Action partners with WASLER

This week Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire & East Renfrewshire (WASLER) signed a two-year partnership with Scottish Churches Housing Action (SCHA).

Published 5 December 2019