Welfare



Debt charity warns of Council Tax emergency

Thousands of people in Scotland are struggling with essential household bills especially Council Tax, a debt charity has warned.

Published 10 April 2019

First year success of Govan Housing Association’s Financial Inclusion Team

A Financial Inclusion Team formed by Govan Housing Association to assist its tenants and the wider community with all matters relating to money and welfare benefit advice is celebrating a successful first year.

Published 8 April 2019

SFHA: Universal Credit creates ‘systemic indebtedness’ for new claimants

Ahead of giving evidence today to the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee inquiry into social security support for housing, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said that “Universal Credit is creating systemic indebtedness and arrears for new claimants”.

Published 4 April 2019

Highland Universal Credit claimants urged to act ahead of annual rent increase

Seven affordable housing providers across the Highlands are urging tenants claiming Universal Credit to update their claim this April 1 to ensure their entitlement covers their annual rent increase for the year ahead.

Published 26 March 2019

Call for housing element of Universal Credit to be paid to landlords for all claimants

Scotland’s largest membership organisation for landlords in the private rented sector has asked the UK and Scottish Governments to ensure the housing element of Universal Credit is paid directly to private and social landlords for all Scottish claimants.

Published 22 March 2019

CIH Scotland responds to social security committee’s call for evidence

UK Government welfare reform measures are having a significant impact on private landlords and their tenants according to CIH Scotland.

Published 20 March 2019

SFHA submits social security support evidence to parliament

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has highlighted the need for Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) systems to have the capacity to support Scottish Universal Credit Choices.

Published 19 March 2019

82% of claimants face no escape from ‘cruel’ benefit cap

More than eight out of ten households affected by the benefit cap should be made exempt from the “cruel” policy which “targets claimants unable to work”, an influential group of MPs has said.

Published 13 March 2019

Greens welcome report highlighting mental health and social security concerns

A report highlighting the difficulties faced by people with mental health conditions accessing social security support has been welcomed as “crucially important” by the Scottish Greens.

Published 11 March 2019

SFHA calls for pause to Universal Credit ‘natural’ migration

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has responded to an inquiry by the UK Parliament’s work and pensions committee into Universal Credit ‘natural’ migration by calling for a pause until key conditions are met.

Published 27 February 2019

UK Government admits link between Universal Credit and soaring food bank demand

The contribution of the Universal Credit rollout to an increase in food bank use has finally been conceded by work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd.

Published 12 February 2019

MSPs call for ‘fundamental changes’ to Universal Credit before more claimants are moved over

People due to move from tax credits to Universal Credit face significant issues and a dramatic culture change, according to Holyrood’s social security committee.

Published 7 February 2019

Holyrood to investigate social security and its impact on rented housing

The Scottish Parliament’s social security committee has launched an inquiry into whether the social security system adequately supports tenants in both the private rented sector and social housing.

Published 5 February 2019

Blog: Universal Credit - the story so far

CIH policy and practice officer Sam Lister rounds up all the latest changes to Universal Credit – including some which have slipped under the radar.

Published 1 February 2019

WWHC: Universal Credit has made it ‘almost impossible’ to provide rent options

West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative (WWHC) is to consult on a proposed rent change for the forthcoming financial year but has blamed Universal Credit for not being able to provide tenants with more than one option.

Published 31 January 2019