Universal Credit

Blog: Universal Credit – Scottish choices

By minister for social security Jeane Freeman

Published 6 October 2017

Blog: Universal Credit choices – what they mean for landlords and tenants

Housing minister Kevin Stewart outlines the reasons behind the new Universal Credit choices for recipients in Scotland and what they mean for landlords and tenants.

Published 5 October 2017

Universal Credit choices for Scottish claimants begin

Recipients of Universal Credit in Scotland will be offered two new ways to help them manage their money, the Scottish Government has announced as it issued new guidance for landlords and claimants.

Published 4 October 2017

SFHA reiterates warning of the ‘catastrophic consequences’ of Universal Credit

Ahead of today’s Scottish Government debate on ‘The Roll-out of Universal Credit’, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has once again warned that the continued roll-out of the benefit will have catastrophic consequences for some of the most vulnerable in society as well as undermine the sustainability of housing associations.

Published 3 October 2017

Welfare secretary to meet MSPs as Universal Credit concerns mount

The roll out of the devolution of welfare powers to Scotland and concerns over Universal Credit will be raised by the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee when it takes evidence from secretary of state for work and pensions David Gauke MP.

Published 2 October 2017

Housing associations urged to be as flexible as possible over payment of first month’s rent

More and more social tenants in Scotland are struggling to pay the first month’s rent in advance as a result of welfare reforms, making it even more difficult for them to find and keep a home, according to two leading housing organisations.

Published 26 September 2017

More details emerge on new social security agency

Social security minister Jeane Freeman has outlined more details on Scotland’s new social security agency and provided an update on the Scottish Government’s progress to abolish the ‘bedroom tax’ at source and in delivering choice in Universal Credit.

Published 20 September 2017

New evidence heaps pressure on ministers to halt Universal Credit

A dossier detailing a catalogue of concerns from landlords, councils and charities regarding Universal Credit has been handed to a parliamentary inquiry investigating the programme as pressure mounts on ministers to halt its continued roll-out.

Published 19 September 2017

SFHA lambasts continued roll-out of ‘catastrophic’ Universal Credit

The continued roll-out of Universal Credit will have “catastrophic consequences” for some of the most vulnerable in society as well as undermine the sustainability of housing associations, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

Published 7 September 2017

Scottish charities call for halt to roll-out of ‘flawed’ Universal Credit

A group of 24 Scottish charities have come together to urge the UK government to stop the roll-out of the Universal Credit system in Scotland.

Published 31 August 2017

Citizens Advice Scotland calls for halt to Universal Credit rollout

Citizens Advice Scotland has called for a halt to the accelerated roll-out of Universal Credit, publishing new figures which show the system risks leaving thousands of Scots in poverty and debt.

Published 7 July 2017

Angus Housing Association bucks trend with record low rent arrears performance

At the end of financial year 2016/17, Angus Housing Association has reported record low rent arrears of 1.01%.

Published 1 June 2017

Scottish Liberal Democrats pledge to create housing and infrastructure development bank

A housing and infrastructure development bank will be created to stimulate major capital investment across the UK under new plans by the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Published 1 June 2017

21,000 young Scots face losing over £22m in rent from planned LHA cap

An interim report on the impact of UK government plans to cap housing benefit for social housing tenants aged under 35 has concluded that 21,000 young Scots could face a rent affordability gap of up to £22.6 million annually as a result.

Published 22 May 2017

Women ‘hardest hit’ by UK welfare cuts, says minister

Women are being unfairly impacted by recent UK government cuts to benefits and welfare eligibility, according to equalities secretary Angela Constance.

Published 18 April 2017