Welfare



Housing organisations welcome UK government U-turn on supported housing

Scottish and UK-wide housing organisations have welcomed a major UK government U-turn on funding for temporary supported housing.

Published 10 August 2018

Universal Credit flaws leaving claimants losing out on ‘hundreds’

Low-income households are losing out on hundreds of pounds a year because of a failure of the Universal Credit system to indentify how and when to pay claimants, a charity has warned.

Published 7 August 2018

Scottish Welfare Fund statistics ‘a sign of human cost to housing crisis’

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland has lamented new figures which reveal that nearly 300,000 households have been helped by emergency relief from the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Published 1 August 2018

Three associations work in partnership to deliver benefits for Greater Easterhouse tenants

Blairtummock Housing Association, Gardeen Housing Association and Provanhall Housing Association are working in partnership with Connect Community Trust to provide a new welfare rights service for tenants.

Published 26 July 2018

UK housing bodies warn ‘flawed’ Universal Credit is causing debt and hardship for families in social housing

The four UK housing federations have issued a joint call to the UK government to reform the “flawed” Universal Credit system which they say is causing debt, suffering and hardship for the families they house.

Published 10 July 2018

Minister apologises over ‘inadvertently misleading’ parliament over Universal Credit

Work and pensions secretary Esther McVey has been forced to apologise after being criticised by the national audit watchdog for making “incorrect” claims about Universal Credit in Parliament.

Published 5 July 2018

National Audit Office report echoes SFHA concerns over Universal Credit

A highly critical report on the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP’s) progress in implementing Universal Credit (UC) echoes many of the concerns that have been consistently raised by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), its chief executive has said.

Published 18 June 2018

Drugs gangs ‘exploited bedroom tax’ to use homes of vulnerable tenants for crimes

Legitimate housing provision in the form of good quality housing association accommodation is a “critical resource” for supporting vulnerable tenants at risk of being exploited from serious organised crime, according to new research.

Published 5 June 2018

Benefit sanctions failing to treat claimants with dignity, say lawyers

The current system of benefit sanctions is failing to treat claimants with dignity and respect and causing severe hardship for some of the most vulnerable people in society, according to the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 5 June 2018

Blog: Landlords and others must be part of benefits solution

Landlords are ready to play their part to help ensure households on lower incomes are not priced out of city living, says John Blackwood at the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL).

Published 28 May 2018

Discretionary Housing Payments increase ‘reveals pressure faced by Scottish households’

A 7% increase in the number of applications for financial assistance towards housing costs made by households claiming housing benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit show the increased pressure faced by households across Scotland, Shelter Scotland has warned.

Published 23 May 2018

Wellhouse Housing Association hosts four Federations in Glasgow

Wellhouse Housing Association welcomed the National Housing Federations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England last week to discuss tenant led boards and the possible impact of the full roll out of Universal Credit (UC) as part of a UK nations information sharing event.

Published 21 May 2018

Blog: The Unaffordable Private Rented Sector: Why it’s time to thaw the LHA freeze

Aoife Deery outlines Shelter Scotland’s concerns about the impact welfare reform is having on renters.

Published 17 May 2018

UK welfare cuts ‘having major impact on rent arrears’

Households renting in the private and social sectors have been severely affected by UK government welfare policies, according to a new report.

Published 14 May 2018