The Church of Scotland has joined with other churches and charities calling on the UK government to set up a full, independent review of the benefits sanctions system. In the 100 days since the House of Commons work and pensions select committee called for a review the government has given no indica
CIH Scotland is seeking input from its members on how they think new powers in the Scotland Bill can improve social security in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee has launched a call for evidence on the practical implementation of powers relating to social security covere
SFHA CEO Mary Taylor is one of the letter's signatories Thirteen of Scotland’s leading charities have appealed to the UK government to find new ways of reducing public spending ahead of £12 billion in additional cuts to the welfare bill in next week’s emergency budget.
Iain Duncan Smith The total lifetime cost of the Universal Credit welfare reform programme has increased by nearly £3bn in the past three years to £15.8bn, according to new figures from the UK government.
Alex Neil Charities and groups that work with people who receive benefits will play a crucial role in developing Scotland’s new social security powers, social justice secretary Alex Neil will say today.
Citizens Advice Scotland has expressed concern about the impact of further welfare cuts, following David Cameron’s speech yesterday. Arguing that the UK should be a "lower tax, lower welfare society", the prime minister said it was wrong to treat "the symptoms of the social and economic problems w
Working families moving onto Universal Credit could become ‘second class savers’, with any money put aside potentially counting against their benefit entitlement, according to a new report published today by the independent think-tank the Resolution Foundation. Making it work – the final repor
Calls for new welfare at Holyrood to be used to redress some the “devastating” impacts of benefit sanctions on women will be heard by MSPs today. The Scottish Parliament’s welfare reform committee will be given a series of expert submissions which further evidence the impact of san
The Highland Council is the first local authority in the UK to trial a new Universal Credit application process that enables landlords to electronically submit an Alternative Payment Arrangement to support vulnerable tenants. The council is working with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to
Shelter Scotland has published a paper which sets out the principles it believes should underpin further devolution of social security - including housing benefit – to the Scottish Parliament, and what steps the Scottish Government and UK governments should take in relation to the devolution of so