Welfare



Welfare secretary to meet MSPs as Universal Credit concerns mount

The roll out of the devolution of welfare powers to Scotland and concerns over Universal Credit will be raised by the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee when it takes evidence from secretary of state for work and pensions David Gauke MP.

Published 2 October 2017

Housing associations urged to be as flexible as possible over payment of first month’s rent

More and more social tenants in Scotland are struggling to pay the first month’s rent in advance as a result of welfare reforms, making it even more difficult for them to find and keep a home, according to two leading housing organisations.

Published 26 September 2017

More details emerge on new social security agency

Social security minister Jeane Freeman has outlined more details on Scotland’s new social security agency and provided an update on the Scottish Government’s progress to abolish the ‘bedroom tax’ at source and in delivering choice in Universal Credit.

Published 20 September 2017

Blog: Delivering social security to Scotland’s people

Ahead of yesterday’s statement in the Scottish Parliament, social security minister Jeane Freeman blogs about how the Scottish Government will deliver its new social security system.

Published 20 September 2017

New evidence heaps pressure on ministers to halt Universal Credit

A dossier detailing a catalogue of concerns from landlords, councils and charities regarding Universal Credit has been handed to a parliamentary inquiry investigating the programme as pressure mounts on ministers to halt its continued roll-out.

Published 19 September 2017

New social security agency to be based in Dundee and Glasgow

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Scotland’s new social security agency will be headquartered in Dundee, bringing hundreds of jobs to the city.

Published 18 September 2017

Funding shortfall forces Fife Council to review its homeless services

Homelessness agencies could be asked to fill in a gap in the services provided by Fife Council as the local authority faces up to the “significant challenges” of increased demand and continued welfare reforms.

Published 12 September 2017

SFHA lambasts continued roll-out of ‘catastrophic’ Universal Credit

The continued roll-out of Universal Credit will have “catastrophic consequences” for some of the most vulnerable in society as well as undermine the sustainability of housing associations, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

Published 7 September 2017

New working group to make urgent recommendations to end rough sleeping

The Scottish Government has pledged to establish an expert group together with a £50 million fund with the aim of eradicating homelessness for good.

Published 6 September 2017

SFHA calls for housing to be kept centre-stage of Holyrood debates

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has today outlined three key issues for its members ahead of the Programme for Government 2017–18 being unveiled.

Published 5 September 2017

Scottish charities call for halt to roll-out of ‘flawed’ Universal Credit

A group of 24 Scottish charities have come together to urge the UK government to stop the roll-out of the Universal Credit system in Scotland.

Published 31 August 2017

SFHA ‘concerned’ over social security bill’s tenancy sustainment capabilities

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has accused the Social Security (Scotland) Bill of saying little about the powers the Scottish Government could exercise that would assist tenants who need help to sustain their tenancy.

Published 30 August 2017

Councils agree next steps to increasing benefit uptake

Social security minister Jeane Freeman met local councils yesterday to discuss the practical steps needed to encourage more people to claim the financial support they are entitled to.

Published 25 August 2017

CIH Scotland submits evidence on new Social Security Bill

CIH Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s focus on creating a new social security system based on human rights, dignity and respect but has raised concerns about how the principles will be applied and measured.

Published 24 August 2017

Housing crisis ‘hitting young Scots and PRS tenants more than most’

Young people and private renters are disproportionately affected by a “terrible shortage” of affordable homes in Scotland, according to a new report.

Published 8 August 2017