The Scottish Government yesterday laid legislation to enable the delivery of the new Child Winter Heating Assistance. It is the first disability benefit to be introduced using new social security powers.
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.
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. From 24 August organised outdoor contact sports, some outdoor live ev
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. Following the devolution of powers over
A new benefit to support 16 to 24-year-olds into work if they have been unemployed for six months will open for applications today. Job Start Payment is a one-off £250 payment to help with the costs of starting a new job. The upper age limit rises to 25 for care leavers and the payment rises t
The number of Scottish households hit by the benefit cap increased by 76% in the first two months of lockdown, according to new statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government yesterday.
Shelter Scotland has reiterated its call for an extension to the current eviction protections amid a 40% increase in applications for crisis grants. New figures from the Scottish Welfare Fund show there were 21,709 applications for crisis grants in June 2020, and a total spend of £1,310,8
Feeling Strong, a Dundee-based youth mental health charity, is creating two exciting new resources for children, guardians and young people who are facing mental health challenges. Dundee is in the midst of an ongoing mental health crisis, in desperate need for mental health services and resou
A new Universal Credit system which will see social landlords receive direct rent payments on the same day that tenants are paid the rest of their benefits is to be rolled out from next month, the UK Government has announced.
The proportion of claimants receiving their first Universal Credit payment on time has seen “significant” improvements but the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) needs to do more to support vulnerable people and others who struggle to make a claim, according to the National Audit Off
Dundee City Council has been awarded an additional £200,000 by the Scottish Government to support tenants who are under financial pressure due to coronavirus. This additional funding is being made available to tenants through Discretionary Housing Payments.