Universal Credit



Working families could lose an average of £1,600 under Universal Credit, says IFS

The introduction of Universal Credit will leave millions of working families worse off but will eventually encourage more people to work, a new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said.

Published 3 February 2016

Dundee council house rents to increase by lowest ever amount

Tenants in Dundee have backed one per cent increase in council house rents, the lowest rent rise in the history of Dundee City Council.

Published 18 January 2016

Parliamentary report calls for ‘significant overhaul’ of Scotland’s welfare system

Paying the housing element of Universal Credit direct to landlords and the immediate abolition of the ‘bedroom tax’ are needed if Scotland is to create a welfare system which treats claimants with dignity and respect, MSPs have said.

Published 14 December 2015

Low-income working families on Universal Credit set to lose £1,300

Working households on Universal Credit are set to lose an average of £1,000 in 2020, rising to £1,300 for those with children, despite the welcome reversal of the main cuts to tax credits announced in the Spending Review.

Published 27 November 2015

David Mundell promises Scotland Bill will be ‘game-changer’ for welfare

The Scottish Government will be able to "top up" tax credits and child benefit payments as part of new powers coming to Holyrood, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has confirmed.

Published 12 October 2015

Blog: Universal Credit has landed

In a guest blog for Shelter Scotland, Kirsty McKechnie, welfare rights worker for Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, gives the story so far for Universal Credit.

Published 2 October 2015

SFHA gives evidence to Parliamentary committee on further welfare powers

The Scotland Bill has the potential to enable social landlords to support and transform tenants’ lives though sections of the it fail to meet the “spirit or substance” of the Smith Commission, according to the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).

Published 3 September 2015

West Dunbartonshire Council consults on reducing weekly rents

West Dunbartonshire Council tenants are being consulted on proposals to reduce weekly rent charges by spreading payments over the whole year instead of 47 weeks.

Published 19 August 2015

Universal Credit payment revamp ‘could help 700,000 households’

New powers to make changes over how Universal Credit is paid will eventually affect over 700,000 households across the country, according to the Scottish Government.

Published 12 August 2015

DWP advisors call for ‘urgent review’ of benefit sanctions

An independent advisory committee has called for an urgent and robust review of the UK government’s benefit sanctions regime amid concerns that it is failing to help jobless claimants.

Published 27 July 2015

Councils ‘frustrated’ by DWP’s ‘lack of clarity’ over Universal Credit

A lack of “clear information” from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) is preventing councils from properly preparing for the switch to Universal Credit, local authorities have warned.

Published 22 July 2015

Universal Credit staff in Glasgow to continue strike over ‘oppressive working conditions’

Universal Credit staff in Glasgow and Bolton will continue a two day strike this morning over what their union describes as “increasingly oppressive working conditions”.

Published 21 July 2015

Women ‘hit hardest by welfare reform’, warn MSPs

Women are being hit hard on multiple fronts by changes to the benefits system, according to a report published by Holyrood’s Welfare Reform Committee.

Published 6 July 2015

Lifetime costs of Universal Credit up by almost £3bn

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.

Published 29 June 2015

Kingdom provides advice for Fife tenants on Universal Credit changes

Over eighty Fife tenants have attended events in Dunfermline and Glenrothes to receive support and advice on the forthcoming implementation of Universal Credit.

Published 15 June 2015