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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In a guest blog for Shelter Scotland, Kirsty McKechnie, welfare rights worker for Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, gives the story so far for Universal Credit.
Published 2 October 2015
A rule that removes benefits from families whose disabled children are forced to spend long periods in hospital is to be scrapped by the Scottish Government.
Published 23 September 2015
Gaps in the social security safety net are the key reason why people in Scotland are turning to food banks, according to a new report.
Published 22 September 2015
Significant welfare reform by the UK government will continue to pose extraordinarily difficult challenges for individuals and housing providers alike, Thenue Housing has warned.
Published 21 September 2015
A quarter of Scots with multiple sclerosis (MS) are cutting back on gas and electricity to get by because of cuts to their disability benefits, according to a new report.
Published 16 September 2015
The UK government’s attempt to make legislative changes to the definition of child poverty will not be replicated in Scotland as they would exclude working poor households, social justice secretary Alex Neil has told Westminster.
Published 14 September 2015
Reforms to the benefits system are failing in their objective of encouraging the unemployed into work, according to new research.
Published 2 September 2015