Universal Credit

UK Budget: New Universal Credit taper rate and £170m from levelling up fund

The UK Government has published its Autumn Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review which altered the Universal Credit ‘taper rate’ and allocated £170 million in levelling up funding for Scotland.

Published 28 October 2021

'Shameful' Universal Credit cut ‘will push 22,000 children into poverty’

Today's removal of the £20 uplift to Universal Credit will have a dramatic impact on thousands of children in Scotland, charities have warned.

Published 6 October 2021

CIH Scotland issues Autumn homelessness 'cliff edge' warning to UK Government

CIH Scotland has called for the UK Government to provide long-term support for people at risk of homelessness post-pandemic after its new report highlighted that households across the UK are likely to be on "cliff edge" following the removal of the £20 Universal Credit top up later this week.

Published 5 October 2021

First Ministers demand Universal Credit cut reversal

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has joined with the First Minister of Wales and the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland to demand Prime Minister Boris Johnson “do the right thing” by reversing the decision to withdraw the £20-a-week uplift to Universal Credit.

Published 4 October 2021

Welfare advisers achieve 100% satisfaction and £780k for Melville tenants

In a year blighted by the Covid-19 pandemic, 88 struggling households from across the Lothians, Lanarkshire and Edinburgh are almost £800,000 better off thanks to the hard work of an award-winning welfare benefits advice service.

Published 1 October 2021

Scottish Parliament rejects cut to Universal Credit

The Scottish Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to oppose the £20 cut to Universal Credit by the UK Government.

Published 29 September 2021

Universal Credit increase 'vital for working families', new research finds

Hairdressers, shelf stackers and carers will be among those working families facing the biggest overall drop in their benefits income since 2010 when the cut to Universal Credit goes ahead next month, according to new research by UK children’s charity Action for Children.

Published 6 September 2021

Devolved nations issue joint letter in support of Universal Credit uplift

The Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments have written a joint letter to the UK Government calling for a reversal of plans to cut the £20 uplift to Universal Credit.

Published 31 August 2021

One in three working-age families with children to be hit by cut to Universal Credit

A total of 413 parliamentary constituencies across Great Britain will see over a third of working-age families with children hit by the planned £1,040-a-year cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit on 6 October 2021.

Published 26 August 2021

SFHA joins calls to extend Universal Credit uplift as survey reveals fears of claimants

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has joined forces with housing association representatives in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to call on the UK Government to extend the £20 uplift in Universal Credit (UC) payments. 

Published 18 August 2021

Majority of Scots back keeping £20 per week increase to Universal Credit

The majority of people in Scotland back keeping the £20 per week increase to Universal Credit until at least the financial situation created by Covid is more stable, polling for Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has found.

Published 16 August 2021

Universal Credit uplift 'key to ensuring fair recovery and just transition', FM tells unions

The Scottish Government has written to the UK Government on seven occasions to call for the £20-per-week uplift to Universal Credit to be made permanent and extended to legacy benefits, Nicola Sturgeon will tell trade unions today.

Published 12 August 2021

CAS: Half of clients forced into debt when accessing Universal Credit

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has repeated its call for the abolition of the five-week wait and the introduction of a non-repayable assessment period grant for everyone claiming Universal Credit to stop people from being swept into serious debt.

Published 3 August 2021

Devolved committees issue joint letter calling for Universal Credit uplift to be retained

The £20 increase in Universal Credit brought in during the coronavirus pandemic should be made permanent, according to senior politicians at the UK’s four parliaments.

Published 21 July 2021

Call to end ‘discriminatory’ two-child limit on benefits

The Children’s Commissioners of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have published a letter they have sent to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions calling for an end to the two-child limit on Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit.

Published 26 May 2021