Welfare



Housing Benefit changes could cost sector hundreds of millions, warns SFHA

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) is calling on the UK government to urgently rethink upcoming changes to Housing Benefit which could cost the social housing sector hundreds of millions of pounds a year and put the health and wellbeing of vulnerable tenants at risk.

Published 27 January 2016

Official study reveals ‘bedroom tax’ is driving people into hunger and debt

The ‘bedroom tax’ is forcing people to cut back on food and essential items while burdening them with large personal debts, an official government study has revealed.

Published 18 December 2015

Parliamentary report calls for ‘significant overhaul’ of Scotland’s welfare system

Paying the housing element of Universal Credit direct to landlords and the immediate abolition of the ‘bedroom tax’ are needed if Scotland is to create a welfare system which treats claimants with dignity and respect, MSPs have said.

Published 14 December 2015

Blog: Do sanctions really help homeless people find work?

At Crisis we know it is possible for homeless people to find and sustain meaningful employment, and in doing so to rebuild their lives. But new research we have published finds that the conditionality and sanctions regime instead makes it much harder for homeless people to find work.

Published 14 December 2015

Benefit sanctions ‘forcing people to sleep rough and go hungry’

Crisis is calling for reform of how benefit sanctions work for the most vulnerable as new research by the charity reveals how the regime is leaving people homeless, hungry and destitute and making it even harder for them to find work.

Published 11 December 2015

A third of Scottish benefit claimants ‘unable to get by’

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has urged Holyrood to use new powers to create a fairer welfare system after a poll revealed over a third of benefit claimants are ‘unable to get by’ on the income they receive.

Published 10 December 2015

New research reveals ‘bedroom tax’ is damaging children’s education

Experts have called on the UK government to review its ‘bedroom tax’ policy after a new study revealed the reform is having a serious impact on children’s ability to learn.

Published 9 December 2015

Low-income working families on Universal Credit set to lose £1,300

Working households on Universal Credit are set to lose an average of £1,000 in 2020, rising to £1,300 for those with children, despite the welcome reversal of the main cuts to tax credits announced in the Spending Review.

Published 27 November 2015

Glasgow tops Scotland’s Discretionary Housing Payments bill

Glasgow is on course to have more than £8 million spent on payments to mitigate the ‘bedroom tax’ this year, according to official statistics.

Published 25 November 2015

Churches fear welfare reforms will push disadvantaged people further into poverty

The Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church have warned that the UK government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill will fail to get people into work and will instead increase poverty.

Published 5 November 2015

More welfare powers added to Scotland Bill

New welfare legislation will bring about big changes for Scotland that can make a difference to the lives of people in Scotland, Scottish secretary David Mundell said yesterday.

Published 3 November 2015

UN to review UK’s welfare cuts to see if they disproportionately affect the vulnerable

The United Nations is to review the UK government’s £12bn welfare cuts to see if they “disproportionately affect” the rights of the disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

Published 30 October 2015

Holyrood ‘unlikely’ to be able to reverse all UK welfare cuts

Deputy first minister John Swinney has conceded that the Scottish Government may not be in a position to afford to reverse all of the welfare cuts being imposed by Chancellor George Osborne.

Published 16 October 2015

David Mundell promises Scotland Bill will be ‘game-changer’ for welfare

The Scottish Government will be able to "top up" tax credits and child benefit payments as part of new powers coming to Holyrood, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has confirmed.

Published 12 October 2015

Scottish Parliament could reverse Tory benefit cuts ‘as early as 2017’

The Scottish Government will have the power to reverse cuts to working tax credits in Scotland as early as 2017, according to a senior Whitehall source.

Published 6 October 2015