Universal Credit

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North Lanarkshire Council has established a Universal Credit Assistance Fund to help tenants who find themselves falling into rent arrears due to built-in waiting times for Universal Credit payments to be processed and paid. (from left) Councillor Heather Brannan-McVey, convener of housing and regen

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An Edinburgh jobcentre is one of those to benefit from a share of a £3 million grant from the UK Government to support homeless people. The jobcentre in Edinburgh already works alongside charity Crisis to provide aid to those experiencing homelessness.

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The new UK government must urgently tackle issues that are pushing an increasing number of tenants into poverty such as high energy prices and Universal Credit, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

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Improving the cost of living, especially for people on low incomes, must be at the heart of the next government’s agenda, Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) demand today. The charity made the call as it published its annual state of the nation report, ‘Advice in Scotland’.

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Universal Credit could potentially improve the take up of help with housing costs for working age claimants, according to CIH Scotland. According to Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) statistics, the take up rate of housing benefit is around 80% by caseload.

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