Welfare



Capital Credit Union launches benefits calculator

Edinburgh-based Capital Credit Union has been inundated with hundreds of enquiries after launching an online tool to help people with benefits claims.

Published 16 April 2021

Latest Scottish Welfare Statistics published

Local authorities received 121,090 applications for Discretionary Housing Payments from April 2020 to February 2021 and had spent or committed to spend £74.2 million, according to new figures on the Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF).

Published 7 April 2021

Scottish GP practices to receive £3.17m to fund welfare advice and promote health partnerships

GP practices in some of Scotland's most deprived communities will receive £3.17 million of Scottish Government funding dedicated to welfare rights advisors to address growing mental health concerns caused by money and housing insecurity.

Published 22 March 2021

Child Disability Payment pilot date announced

The new Child Disability Payment will be open in pilot areas for applications from 26 July 2021.

Published 22 March 2021

Causal link between Universal Credit and homelessness outlined in government report

Problems with the five-week wait to receive the first Universal Credit payment and sanctions which lead to payments being withdrawn if claimants don’t meet certain conditions have directly contributed towards homelessness in Scotland, a new report has revealed.

Published 18 March 2021

Two in five people struggling with debts have no money at end of month, warns CAS

Scotland faces a ‘cliff edge’ moment as it emerges from lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic, Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has warned.

Published 15 March 2021

Budget: Calls for Universal Credit uplift to be made permanent 

A temporary £20 uplift to Universal Credit announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak said in his Budget speech yesterday must be made permanent, campaigners have urged.

Published 4 March 2021

First families receive Scottish Child Payments

Thousands of families are now receiving their first Scottish Child Payment.

Published 4 March 2021

CAS: Universal Credit uplift must be made permanent in upcoming Budget

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is telling MPs ahead of this week’s Budget that the Chancellor must make the £20 uplift to Universal Credit (UC) permanent.

Published 1 March 2021

Wheatley Group’s advice service helps tenants claim an extra £9.4m in benefits

Wheatley Group has helped tenants access an extra £9.4 million of unclaimed welfare benefits they were due.

Published 18 February 2021

More than £37m to support low income households announced by Scottish Government

A package of measures worth £37.2 million has been announced by the Scottish Government to tackle poverty and inequality, in this financial year.

Published 18 February 2021

Scottish Government awards over £14m to low income households

A total of 144,128 COVID Winter Hardship Payments have been made to low-income families by the Scottish Government.

Published 15 February 2021

New Scottish Child Payment starts

More than 77,000 Scottish Child Payment applications have been received since Social Security Scotland started taking applications on November 9.

Published 15 February 2021

New service launched for Scots to calculate benefits entitlement

A new service has been launched for Scots to calculate their benefits entitlement in a bid to address the financial hardship facing many families.

Published 12 February 2021

Housing minister expresses concern over Local Housing Allowance rate freeze

The decision by the UK Government to freeze Local Housing Allowance rates could put tenancies at risk across Scotland, housing minister Kevin Stewart has warned.

Published 10 February 2021