Scottish Government spent £100m in 2019 to mitigate austerity

The Scottish Government spent over £100 million to mitigate the effects of UK Government austerity during 2019, new figures have revealed.

Published 7 January 2020

Cairn Housing Association wins £38k in unpaid benefits for disabled tenants

Cairn Housing Association has transformed the lives of two chronically disabled tenants by winning them back a combined £38,000 unexpected windfall of unpaid benefits.

Published 6 January 2020

DWP confirms plan for social landlords to get direct Universal Credit payments

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has written to housing associations regarding its plans to ensure landlords receive direct payment of housing costs at the same time as tenants receive their Universal Credit payment.

Published 18 December 2019

SFHA: Poverty should be top of agenda for new UK government

The new UK government must urgently tackle issues that are pushing an increasing number of tenants into poverty such as high energy prices and Universal Credit, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

Published 16 December 2019

Scottish Churches Housing Action partners with WASLER

This week Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire & East Renfrewshire (WASLER) signed a two-year partnership with Scottish Churches Housing Action (SCHA).

Published 5 December 2019

More than £1.4bn invested to support low income households

More than £1.4 billion was invested in 2018-19 to support low-income households across Scotland through investment in housing, childcare, employment support and social security, according to the latest report on the Fairer Scotland Action Plan.

Published 4 December 2019

Charity unveils huge increase in Scots seeking Universal Credit advice

Improving the cost of living, especially for people on low incomes, must be at the heart of the next government’s agenda, Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) demand today.

Published 3 December 2019

Discretionary Housing Payment awards reach £59m over six months

Local authorities in Scotland made 99,910 awards under the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme during the period 1 April to 30 September 2019, new figures have shown.

Published 27 November 2019

Scottish Government announces support for innovation projects

An initiative to use technology to manage the condition of private tenement communal areas is one of ten new projects to have joined a Scottish Government accelerator programme.

Published 25 November 2019

Holyrood committee takes unclaimed benefits inquiry to Wester Hailes

The Scottish Parliament's social security committee continued its inquiry into benefit uptake last week with a visit to Wester Hailes Education Centre.

Published 18 November 2019

Housing officer Ron Archer named Highland Council's Employee of the Year

Long-serving housing officer Ron Archer, who has worked tirelessly to ensure tenants are given the support they need, has been presented with The Highland Council’s Employee of the Year award.

Published 18 November 2019

Man living with severely disabled partner wins Supreme Court case against paying 'bedroom tax'

A man living with his severely disabled partner in a two-bedroom council house should receive full housing benefit because applying the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ breaches his human rights, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.

Published 15 November 2019

Former Scottish Government advisor calls for more action on social security

Naomi Eisenstadt, former independent advisor on poverty and inequality and trustee of Standard Life Foundation, will today commend the progress made by the Scottish Government on social security but will call on them to do more to put their words into action.

Published 13 November 2019

Living Rent begins campaign against Universal Credit evictions

Tenants’ union Living Rent has called on housing associations in Glasgow to commit to no evictions stemming from debts caused by Universal Credit.

Published 6 November 2019

‘Myth-busting’ Universal Credit adverts banned for misleading public

A series of UK Government advertisements aiming to dispel myths about Universal Credit have been banned by a regulator for misleading the public.

Published 6 November 2019