Welfare



Rise in crisis grant applications shows 'human cost of housing crisis'

Shelter Scotland has said the latest Scottish Welfare Fund statistics from the Scottish Government show the human cost of the housing crisis and welfare reform.

Published 1 November 2017

Work and Pensions Committee urges government to cut Universal Credit waiting period

MPs have called on the UK government to reduce the waiting period for the first Universal Credit payment to a maximum of one month after saying that “no proper justification” has been offered for the minimum six week term currently in place.

Published 27 October 2017

Blog: Good riddance to the mad, bad LHA cap

The UK government’s U-turn on imposing the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap to supported housing and the wider social housing sector is to be welcomed but we are not out of the woods yet, says David Bookbinder.

Published 27 October 2017

Blog: DWP’s wilful ignorance over the impact of local housing allowance

Adopting a bunker mentality is flawed when credible warnings are stacking up, says Kate Webb.

Published 27 October 2017

LHA U-turn hailed as ‘a victory for the housing sector’

The UK government has dropped proposals to impose the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap to supported housing and the wider social housing sector following widespread criticism of the policy.

Published 26 October 2017

Labour secures emergency debate on Universal Credit roll-out

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has approved a Labour request for an emergency debate today over the planned roll-out of Universal Credit.

Published 24 October 2017

Removal of helpline charge welcomed but Universal Credit rolls on

The UK government has bowed to pressure by agreeing to introduce a free helpline for people seeking information on Universal Credit but has rejected calls to pause the roll-out of the controversial benefit.

Published 19 October 2017

MPs urged to vote against Universal Credit roll-out ahead of Westminster debate

The SNP and Scottish Labour have called on MPs from across political divide have to vote on a debate on Universal Credit today and halt its roll-out across the UK.

Published 18 October 2017

LHA cap will leave 12,000 younger Scots facing £8.6m rent shortfall

Around 12,000 mainstream social tenants across Scotland aged under 35 could collectively face an annual rent affordability gap of up to £8.6 million when a UK government cap on housing benefit into force, according to a new report.

Published 11 October 2017

West Dunbartonshire hardest hit in the UK from ‘bedroom tax’

Residents in West Dunbartonshire are the worst hit in the entire UK by the ‘bedroom tax’ with more than £1.8 million deducted from housing benefit claimants each year, according to new figures.

Published 9 October 2017

Fife Council calls for the roll out of Universal Credit to be suspended

Fife Council has reaffirmed its opposition to the implementation of Universal Credit and has called for the roll out of the welfare reform to be suspended over concerns of the severe impact it will have on individuals and families in the region.

Published 9 October 2017

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