Welfare



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

Scottish Welfare Fund assistance tops £181m

More than £181 million in emergency funding has been accessed by low income households in Scotland since 2013.

Published 29 January 2019

Commons committee launches inquiry into ‘natural migration’ to Universal Credit

The UK Parliament’s work and pensions committee is today launching a new inquiry into the process by which people claiming existing benefits move onto Universal Credit if they have a change in their circumstances.

Published 23 January 2019

MP seeks 'crucial' Universal Credit reforms over domestic abuse risk

An SNP MP has urged the UK Government to accept amendments to its Domestic Abuse Bill to tackle the increased risk of financial abuse under the current Universal Credit system.

Published 22 January 2019

Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick provides welfare evidence to UK Parliament committee

Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) director Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick provided oral evidence this week to the UK Parliament’s work and pensions committee on its inquiry into the welfare safety net.

Published 18 January 2019

High Court finds DWP unlawful on Universal Credit assessments

Four working single mothers have secured a High Court victory against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for the operation of its Universal Credit benefits scheme.

Published 14 January 2019

Tory government scraps two-child benefits cap extension

The UK Government is to scrap its plans to extend a benefits cap to 15,000 families with more than two children.

Published 11 January 2019