Welfare



Location revealed for Social Security Scotland’s Dundee base

The Scottish Government has signed contracts for an interim location in Dundee for its new social security agency.

Published 30 April 2018

Social Security (Scotland) Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

MSPs have granted final approval to the Social Security (Scotland) Bill which will pave the way for the Scottish Government to make the first social security payments later this year.

Published 26 April 2018

Scottish Welfare Fund awards total more than £155m

More than 285,000 households in financial difficulty have received welfare assistance from the Scottish Government over the past five years, new statistics have shown.

Published 24 April 2018

Campaigners call for benefits reform as foodbank use hits record high

Campaigners have urged the UK government to urgently halt Universal Credit as new figures show foodbank use in Scotland has soared to record levels.

Published 24 April 2018

Disabled people to be offered social security advocacy rights

A right to independent advocacy services is to be extended to more people under Scotland’s new social security service.

Published 20 April 2018

SFHA repeats call for Universal Credit pause

Secretary of state for work and pensions Esther McVey MP will face further calls to pause Universal Credit when she appears before the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee today.

Published 16 April 2018

18-21 year olds given housing support under Universal Credit in Westminster u-turn

The UK government is to amend regulations so that all 18-21 year olds will be entitled to claim support for housing costs through Universal Credit.

Published 3 April 2018

Scottish Government's social security plan at ‘critical point’

The Scottish Government has made good early progress regarding the establishment of Scotland's devolved social security system but much more remains to be done, auditors have said.

Published 28 March 2018

Financial pressure on Scottish social landlords set to rise following Universal Credit roll-out

Social landlords in Scotland are likely to experience significant financial pressures as a consequence of changes to the benefit system – according to research from Mobysoft, a provider of rent collection software to the social housing sector.

Published 26 March 2018

Holyrood committee to question work and pensions secretary over Universal Credit and welfare

Secretary of state for work and pensions Esther McVey MP is to appear before the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee to discuss the ongoing problems with the roll out of Universal Credit and the devolution of welfare powers to Scotland.

Published 19 March 2018

UK government wins appeal against High Court benefit cap ruling

The UK government has won a challenge against a ruling that its benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children under two.

Published 16 March 2018

Ministers ‘future-proof’ social security with commitment to inflation-linked payments

Key benefits will be future-proofed to ensure they hold their value in real terms under Scotland’s new social security system, social security minister Jeane Freeman has said.

Published 2 March 2018

Social Security Bill strengthened through amendments

The Scottish Government's Social Security Bill has been strengthened by a round of amendments at committee level.

Published 23 February 2018

Flexible Universal Credit eligibility extended across Scotland

The Scottish Government has extended its flexible Universal Credit options to all recipients in full service areas to help more people manage their money.

Published 31 January 2018

Scottish Welfare Fund awards total more than £148m

Low income families have received awards of more than £148 million since the creation of the Scottish Welfare Fund in April 2013.

Published 31 January 2018