Welfare



CAS: Benefits freeze needs to be start of a fairer system

Following a vote in Parliament yesterday, MPs have agreed to end the benefits freeze and raise benefits in line with inflation.

Published 11 February 2020

Greens call for end to 'cruel' benefits cap

Scottish Greens have called for the UK Government to end a controversial cap on benefits, as figures showed over 3,364 Scottish families are having their social security entitlements cut.

Published 10 February 2020

Universal Credit roll-out suffers another delay

The full roll-out of Universal Credit is set for another delay, adding £500 million to its overall cost, according to reports.

Published 4 February 2020

House of Lords launches inquiry into Universal Credit

The House of Lords' economic affairs committee has launched an inquiry into the economics of Universal Credit.

Published 4 February 2020

Scottish Government extends young carer grant

Young carers going through the immigration process will be able to apply for the Scottish Government’s Young Carer Grant without fear of it risking their immigration status.

Published 4 February 2020

LHA changes will do nothing to tackle years of austerity, warns Kevin Stewart

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has called on the UK Government to deliver a multi-year plan for investment to prevent future welfare cuts putting more people at risk of homelessness.

Published 3 February 2020

CAS welcomes new support for people facing funeral poverty

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of more support for people facing funeral poverty.

Published 3 February 2020

UK Government loses Universal Credit appeals against claimants with severe disabilities

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the UK Government’s appeals against two previous court judgments which found that the secretary of state for work and pensions had unlawfully discriminated against thousands of severely disabled people who moved onto Universal Credit.

Published 31 January 2020

Amount paid out in crisis grants tops £3m over three months

The amount given in crisis grants increased by more than a third in one quarter as low-income families were provided with more than £3 million to cover emergencies.

Published 29 January 2020

UK Government refuses majority of disability benefit claims

Tens of thousands of people have completely lost their disability benefits since 2013 as the UK Government continues to refuse the majority of disability benefit claims, new analysis by the Scottish Government has found.

Published 23 January 2020

170,000 children eligible for new Scottish Child Payment benefit

An estimated 170,000 children will be eligible for the new £10 weekly Scottish Child Payment when it goes live later this year, the Scottish Government has revealed.

Published 17 January 2020

Government lifts cap on Local Housing Allowance rates

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates are to be increased to be in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate from April, the UK Government has confirmed.

Published 14 January 2020

Edinburgh jobcentre awarded homelessness support funding

An Edinburgh jobcentre is one of those to benefit from a share of a £3 million grant from the UK Government to support homeless people.

Published 14 January 2020

Citizens Advice Scotland calls for ‘fundamental overhaul’ of Universal Credit

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has today outlined six key reforms to Universal Credit to help struggling people who have turned to the charity for help.

Published 9 January 2020

Thousands of households in Scotland struggling to pay rent due to austerity

A total of 3,320 families in Scotland claiming help with housing costs are £64 a week worse off because of UK welfare cuts, new data from the Scottish Government has revealed.

Published 8 January 2020