Welfare



Glasgow City Council plans 'threaten safety net of free advice and legal representation'

A council's decision to close a fund supporting the provision of free advice in relation to housing, financial inclusion and social welfare law in Glasgow has been condemned by a leading lawyer.

Published 27 August 2019

Council-funded advice services assists 22,000 Highland customers and exceeds £22.5m in financial gains

The Highland Council’s Welfare Support Team and Citizens Advice assisted more than 22,000 customers during 2018/19 for support with welfare, debt and housing issues, new figures have shown.

Published 26 August 2019

Perth landlords urged to attend DWP event

Landlords in Perth are being encouraged to attend an event to learn more about Universal Credit.

Published 26 August 2019

Universal Credit ‘forcing tenants into rent arrears’

Universal Credit is causing tenants to fall behind with their rent, according to new research.

Published 23 August 2019

Dundee landlords urged to attend free DWP event about Universal Credit

The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) has urged Dundee landlords to attend a Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) event to learn more about Universal Credit.

Published 22 August 2019

Financial advice service helps low income households save more than £6m

Free financial advice service Money Talk Team has helped low-income households save more than £6 million, the Scottish Government has revealed.

Published 20 August 2019

Caroline Kennedy: Scottish Child Payment must be flexible to keep families afloat

Caroline Kennedy, a member of the Poverty Truth Community based in Glasgow and former member of the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Commission, reflects on how the new Scottish Child Payment could make a difference to the lives of children in Scotland.

Published 16 August 2019

SFHA challenges welfare secretary to address major social security concerns

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has challenged parliamentary under-secretary of state for welfare delivery Will Quince MP to address the “major concerns” it has regarding social security delivery.

Published 15 August 2019

Disability benefits applications made easier in Scotland

People with disabilities will have more choice in how they apply for benefits when the Scottish Government takes responsibility for Disability Assistance next year. 

Published 14 August 2019

Calls for investigation as quarter of a million people have been sanctioned under Universal Credit

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has called for an urgent investigation into the sanctions system as new figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) today reveal a quarter of a million people across the UK have been sanctioned under Universal Credit.

Published 13 August 2019

Hillhead Housing Association helps residents receive additional £5m

Residents have received an additional £5 million in annual financial gains thanks to the welfare rights service at Hillhead Housing Association.

Published 9 August 2019

More than 13,000 households in Scotland hit by the benefit cap

More than 13,000 households in Scotland have been affected by the benefit cap, according to new statistics.

Published 2 August 2019

‘Housing emergency’ and cost of living to blame as applications for crisis grants soar

Applications for crisis grants from the Scottish Welfare Fund increased by 11% in 2018/19 as the cost of living crisis and Scotland’s “housing emergency” saw more people turn to the fund for help.

Published 31 July 2019

Reversing the Tide: Putting Rights at the Heart of Homelessness and Social Security

By Shelter Scotland campaigns & policy officer Aoife Deery

Published 16 July 2019

Holyrood committee calls for immediate halt to Universal Credit pilot rollout

A pilot scheme to transfer working tax credit claimants to Universal Credit should not proceed until there is more clarity around what it will mean for those affected, a Scottish Parliament committee has warned.

Published 12 July 2019