Welfare



Chancellor announces £1.5bn package to improve Universal Credit

The UK government has announced significant changes to Universal Credit including scrapping the seven day waiting period before a person can apply.

Published 23 November 2017

Human rights body warns of ‘bleak future’ for poorest in society due to tax and welfare policies

The poorest in society are being hit the hardest by changes to tax, social security and public spending reforms, a new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has revealed.

Published 17 November 2017

Social security experience panel survey results published

A Scottish Government survey of those with direct experience of the benefit system has shown that three out of five respondents rate the current UK welfare system as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.

Published 16 November 2017

SFHA urges UK government to take responsibility for consequences of Universal Credit implementation

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) is calling for the UK government to act urgently on Universal Credit as the implementation of the policy is pushing tenants into debt and poverty as well as jeopardising the financial sustainability of housing associations.

Published 15 November 2017

Rising rents leads to calls to unfreeze LHA and strengthen rent controls

Concerns have been raised that more people could lose their homes after the cost of a typical two-bed private rental property rose by 4.4% in the last year.

Published 15 November 2017

Melville tenants £700k better off thanks to award-winning welfare service

Tenants of Melville Housing Association are better off to the tune of nearly £700,000 thanks to the hard work of an award-winning Welfare Benefits Advice service.

Published 15 November 2017

Chancellor urged to use Budget measures to protect households from further austerity

The Scottish Government is calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to abandon their “failed” austerity agenda and stop the rollout of Universal Credit to enable “fundamental flaws” to be fixed.

Published 13 November 2017

Stirling CAB publishes ‘plain English’ guide to benefits system

Stirling District Citizens Advice Bureau has today published its new Plain English Guide to Help Sort out Benefits to help people overcome the system’s complexities.

Published 9 November 2017

Charity calls for Universal Credit changes as food bank demand hits record levels

The Trussell Trust has called for urgent action to improve the system of Universal Credit after new figures revealed a 20% rise in the use of food banks in Scotland in the last year.

Published 7 November 2017

SNP MP to host summit to examine Universal Credit impact

An SNP MP will today host a meeting for stakeholders to share their experience of the roll-out and impact of Universal Credit (UC).

Published 3 November 2017

Rise in crisis grant applications shows 'human cost of housing crisis'

Shelter Scotland has said the latest Scottish Welfare Fund statistics from the Scottish Government show the human cost of the housing crisis and welfare reform.

Published 1 November 2017

Work and Pensions Committee urges government to cut Universal Credit waiting period

MPs have called on the UK government to reduce the waiting period for the first Universal Credit payment to a maximum of one month after saying that “no proper justification” has been offered for the minimum six week term currently in place.

Published 27 October 2017

Blog: Good riddance to the mad, bad LHA cap

The UK government’s U-turn on imposing the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap to supported housing and the wider social housing sector is to be welcomed but we are not out of the woods yet, says David Bookbinder.

Published 27 October 2017

Blog: DWP’s wilful ignorance over the impact of local housing allowance

Adopting a bunker mentality is flawed when credible warnings are stacking up, says Kate Webb.

Published 27 October 2017

LHA U-turn hailed as ‘a victory for the housing sector’

The UK government has dropped proposals to impose the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap to supported housing and the wider social housing sector following widespread criticism of the policy.

Published 26 October 2017