Welfare



GHA tenant chair calls for ‘urgent and radical’ welfare action

The tenant chair of Glasgow Housing Association has renewed calls for “urgent and radical” change to Universal Credit as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Published 8 June 2020

Port Glasgow firms support Inverclyde Foodbank

In light of the current coronavirus crisis, Port Glasgow-based firms McLaren Packaging and Interlok Divisions have engaged to help Inverclyde Foodbank provide essential services to the most vulnerable people in the area.

Published 4 June 2020

CIH Scotland issues policy solution for government and landlords to avoid post-COVID spike in evictions

CIH Scotland has published new proposals as part of an urgent call to action to avoid a potentially disastrous spike in evictions once the current coronavirus protections end.

Published 1 June 2020

Scottish Government tops up Discretionary Housing Payments with extra £5m

An additional £5 million will be made available to local authorities through Discretionary Housing Payments to support tenants under severe financial pressure during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published 22 May 2020

Wheatley tenants hail ‘brilliant’ staff over benefit claims help

Tenants have praised “brilliant” Wheatley Group staff for “fighting their corner” in helping them with benefit claims.

Published 20 May 2020

Edinburgh community project receive University of Edinburgh funding

Projects supporting those most severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas have been awarded funding from the University of Edinburgh.

Published 14 May 2020

Spike in crisis grant applications

A 59% increase in applications for crisis grants in Scotland in March shows that low-income families are struggling to cope with the impacts of the coronavirus crisis, social security secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has said.

Published 11 May 2020

Universal Credit claims up by nearly two million

Nearly two million claims have been made for Universal Credit across the UK during the COVID-19 outbreak, new figures have revealed.

Published 7 May 2020

Scottish Welfare Fund statistics ‘shine spotlight on people in need’

Governments must not lose sight of the underlying reasons behind the increasing reliance on welfare, Shelter Scotland has warned after new statistics revealed an increase in awards by the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Published 29 April 2020

Online benefits calculator helps Angus residents during coronavirus crisis

Angus Council’s online benefits calculator has helped residents to identify and confirm benefits totalling £3.4 million in the first critical week of the coronavirus lockdown.

Published 23 April 2020

Scotland sees more than 110,000 Universal Credit claims since coronavirus outbreak

Household claims for Universal Credit in Scotland have increased from an average of 20,000 per month in 2019 to over 110,000 between 1 March and 7 April, highlighting the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on people’s finances.

Published 22 April 2020

Income maximisation service generates more than £1.8m for Milnbank tenants

Milnbank Housing Association’s income maximisation team has continued to generate increased year on year financial gains after securing £1,871,907 for its tenants during the financial year ending March 31, 2020.

Published 22 April 2020

Universal Credit claimants to verify identity through Government Gateway

People applying for Universal Credit will now be able to use their existing Government Gateway account to confirm their identity, helping to speed up their claim.

Published 17 April 2020

Scottish Government relaxes benefit eligibility during coronavirus crisis

The Scottish Government has temporarily changed eligibility for a number of social security benefits to help people who are impacted by coronavirus.

Published 16 April 2020

Coronavirus delays roll-out of devolved benefits

Devolved benefits due to be rolled-out later this year have been delayed due to the impact of coronavirus on Scotland’s social security services.

Published 2 April 2020