Welfare



Benefit for young carers in Scotland enters second year

Young carers are being encouraged to check if they are entitled to further awards as the Young Carer Grant marks it’s second anniversary.

Published 21 October 2020

MPs call for 'starter payments' to address Universal Credit five-week wait

A starter payment should be made to people claiming Universal Credit (UC) for the first time to ensure that everyone has enough money for basics such as food and heating during the five-week wait for their initial monthly payment, a report by the Work and Pensions Committee has recommended.

Published 19 October 2020

Holyrood warned of increased risk of homelessness due to lack of COVID-19 safety net

CIH Scotland has raised concerns about the increased risk of eviction and homelessness as the UK Government’s job retention scheme comes to a close at the end of October. 

Published 12 October 2020

Scottish Government announces new grant for those in isolation

People on low incomes will be eligible to receive a new £500 grant from the Scottish Government if asked to self-isolate.

Published 1 October 2020

New social security legislation passed by Scottish Parliament

New legislation to improve the benefits system to help those who need it most was unanimously passed by the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

Published 30 September 2020

Social Security Scotland signs 20-year lease at Dundee Waterfront building

Social Security Scotland has taken a 20-year lease to become the first tenants at Dundee’s Waterfront regeneration project.

Published 17 September 2020

North Lanarkshire Council adds £500,000 to Universal Credit Assistance Fund

North Lanarkshire Council has added a further £500,000 to its Universal Credit Assistance Fund and is providing more help to tenants falling into rent arrears due to built-in waiting times for Universal Credit payments.

Published 10 September 2020

Scottish Child Payment could support up to 194,000 children

The latest figures from the Scottish Fiscal Commission estimate that 194,000 children aged under six in Scotland will be eligible for the new Scottish Child Payment.

Published 9 September 2020

North Lanarkshire advice services secure additional benefits

North Lanarkshire’s advice services generated more than £40 million in additional benefit income for its residents during 2019/20.

Published 3 September 2020

Call for views on how social security can aid economic recovery from COVID-19

The Scottish Parliament has issued a call for views to discover how COVID-19 has impacted people in Scotland and how Scottish social security can respond.

Published 2 September 2020

Child Winter Heating Assistance benefit announced by Scottish Government

The Scottish Government yesterday laid legislation to enable the delivery of the new Child Winter Heating Assistance.

Published 1 September 2020

Poverty commission 'shocked' at 'underutilised' Scottish Welfare Fund

Councils in Scotland could have spent £5.8 million more to help people over lockdown if it were to match the increased Scottish Welfare Fund provided by the Scottish Government at the outset of the crisis, according to a new report.

Published 31 August 2020

Child payment benefit to start in February

Low-income families in Scotland with a child under six will be able to apply for £10 per child, per week to assist with living costs from November, with payments to start from the end of February.

Published 21 August 2020

Face-to-face advice services to resume from next week

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced yesterday that from Monday, face to face advice provision can resume for welfare, debt and income maximisation purposes as Scotland remains in Phase 3 of its coronavirus lockdown.

Published 21 August 2020

Expert coalition calls for fundamental review of disability assistance system

A fundamental review of disability assistance must be initiated by the Scottish Government during the next parliament, according to a coalition of organisations campaigning for long-term improvements to social security for disabled people. 

Published 19 August 2020