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. In a briefing sent to all Scottish MPs, the charity sets out how without the uplift UC will fall below the rate of inflation and risk
Wheatley Group has helped tenants access an extra £9.4 million of unclaimed welfare benefits they were due. The group provides a free benefit advice service to ensure all tenants are getting every penny they are entitled to.
A package of measures worth £37.2 million has been announced by the Scottish Government to tackle poverty and inequality, in this financial year. The funding, confirmed in a Statement to Parliament by finance secretary Kate Forbes this week, will support the delivery of two key investments for
A total of 144,128 COVID Winter Hardship Payments have been made to low-income families by the Scottish Government. The payments are available to families with children receiving Free School Meals on the basis of low income, with £14.41 million given to households as part of the Scottish Gover
More than 77,000 Scottish Child Payment applications have been received since Social Security Scotland started taking applications on November 9. The new benefit, which is unique to Scotland, will give qualifying parents and carers £40 every four weeks for each child under six.
A new service has been launched for Scots to calculate their benefits entitlement in a bid to address the financial hardship facing many families. The online tool is the first to fully integrate devolved benefits, including the new Scottish Child Payment which opens next week.
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. Mr Stewart has written to the UK Government his expressing disappointment at secretary of state for pensions Thér&eg
Parents across Scotland have been applying early for the new Scottish Child Payment that will open on Monday 15 February. Social Security Scotland is taking applications ahead of the new benefit’s introduction to help manage demand. 56,000 applications were received between Monday 9 November a
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation the Adult Disability Payment. This consultation asks questions on whether the draft regulations will achieve the aims of Adult Disability Payment, and also seeks feedback on certain policy approaches.
Thousands of families of disabled children in Scotland have received an additional £200 to help heat their homes this winter. More than 13,000 families of a disabled child, on the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance for Children, have had a Child Winter Heating Assistanc
Housing minister Kevin Stewart has written to secretary of state for work and pensions Thérèse Coffey to urge her to reconsider the decision to freeze Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates for the coming financial year. The Scottish Government said the decision on LHA rates, which i
Families of children with a disability or long term health condition living in Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles will be able to apply for the Scottish Government's Child Disability Payment from summer 2021. This new benefit will be available across Scotland from autumn 2021.