A veterans support fund is now open to help improve the lives of former service personnel and their families. A key priority for this year’s Scottish Veterans Fund is to make sure veterans and their families are supported in response to the ongoing cost of living crisis.
The Citizens Advice network in Scotland unlocked over £132 million for people in the last year, new statistics published this week will show. In 2021/22 the network of 59 Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) and the Extra Help Unit in Glasgow helped over 174,500 clients in Scotland and dealt with alm
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has responded to suggestions that the UK Government will not uprate benefits in line with inflation, saying the move would be 'absolutely catastrophic for the poorest and most vulnerable in the UK. Commenting on the suggestion by his junior Treasury Secretary Chris Phi
More than £35 million in additional benefits was generated for residents by advice services in North Lanarkshire in 2021/22. North Lanarkshire Council's Social Inclusion and Wealth Team, social work and housing services provide local people with advice and support on a wide range of benefits-r
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will set out a raft of actions today in a Programme for Government designed to help people through the cost emergency, including an increase to the Scottish Child Payment and a rumoured rent freeze for tenants. Reports in the Daily Record today suggest Ms Stu
A total of £84 million has been paid to families since it was introduced less than 18 months ago. The payment of £20 per week, unique to Scotland in the UK, began in February 2021 as a direct measure to tackle child poverty. It provides regular, additional financial support to parents an
Hillhead Housing Association has successfully gained National Standards reaccreditation for the provision of Information and Advice for its welfare rights service and income maximisation services. The initial accreditation was awarded in December 2018.
The Adult Disability Payment has opened for new applications across Scotland. The national rollout follows successful pilots in 13 local authority areas, which began in March.
Around 1.1 million claimant families receiving tax credits will get their first Cost of Living Payment from Friday 2 September 2022, HMRC has confirmed.
Around six million people with disabilities in the UK will receive their one-off £150 disability Cost of Living payment from 20 September, the government has confirmed this week. Those being paid a qualifying disability benefit will be paid automatically from 20 September, with the vast majori
Prepayment meter customers on Universal Credit could see the value of their payments effectively wiped out by soaring energy costs, new analysis from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has found. Around 470,000 households in Scotland are prepayment meter customers, paying for their energy in advance. Th
The First Minister has chaired the Scottish Government Resilience Committee to discuss urgent steps to mitigate the growing cost emergency which is affecting people and businesses. Ministers assessed the current situation and likely scenarios in the months ahead and agreed a number of immediate acti
Automatic repayments to the UK Government and others owed by people claiming benefits should be put on hold to help households struggling with huge financial pressures during the cost of living crisis, MPs have said. With inflation set to peak at its highest level for 40 years, the report from the c
Investment of up to £300,000 will help support money and welfare advice services in some of Scotland’s most remote locations.
People in Aberdeenshire, City of Aberdeen, Fife, Moray, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, and South Ayrshire are now able to apply for Adult Disability Payment. This means Adult Disability Payment is now available in 13 council areas ahead of opening nationwide on 29 August. It is the twelfth and most