People across North Lanarkshire benefitted from more than £30 million in additional benefit income during 2020/21. North Lanarkshire Council's Financial Inclusion Team (FIT) ensured the money went into the pockets of residents who often weren’t aware they were entitled to the benefits.
West Dunbartonshire Council's Working4U service has been praised nationally for the high standard of welfare rights and money advice it provides residents. The service successfully gained accreditation in the Scottish National Standards for the Information and Advice Providers (SNSIAP).
Funding to help people struggling financially and to ensure nobody is faced with rough sleeping this winter is part of a new £41 million support package from the Scottish Government. The Winter Support Fund will help those on low incomes, children and people at risk of homelessness against a b
A new benefit take-up strategy has been unveiled by the Scottish Government that outlines plans to make sure that nobody misses out on financial support due to a lack of awareness or barriers to applying. Actions from the 2021 Benefit Take Up Strategy, which builds on learning from the first in
Tens of thousands of unpaid carers will receive a double payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement this winter under legislation passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament. Recognising the additional pressures unpaid carers face as a result of the pandemic, the December payment of the Car
CIH Scotland has called for the UK Government to provide long-term support for people at risk of homelessness post-pandemic after its new report highlighted that households across the UK are likely to be on "cliff edge" following the removal of the £20 Universal Credit top up later t
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has joined with the First Minister of Wales and the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland to demand Prime Minister Boris Johnson “do the right thing” by reversing the decision to withdraw the £20-a-week uplift to Universal Credi
In a year blighted by the Covid-19 pandemic, 88 struggling households from across the Lothians, Lanarkshire and Edinburgh are almost £800,000 better off thanks to the hard work of an award-winning welfare benefits advice service. Last year, Melville Housing Association’s two dedicated we
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that more than 2,000 jobs will be created with Social Security Scotland over the next 12 months. The Scottish Government has also revealed that disabled people will benefit from a ground-breaking new advocacy service that will support access to Scotland&r
Legislation that will lead to increased vital support to more than 19,400 children and young people to help their families heat their homes this winter has been laid in the Scottish Parliament. The legislation extends the eligibility for the Child Winter Heating assistance to young people aged 16 to
Low income families will benefit from a £320 uplift before Christmas as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling child poverty. Eligible families with children in school will receive payments of £160 per child in October and December. Two Bridging Payments of £