Welfare



Financial pressure on Scottish social landlords set to rise following Universal Credit roll-out

Social landlords in Scotland are likely to experience significant financial pressures as a consequence of changes to the benefit system – according to research from Mobysoft, a provider of rent collection software to the social housing sector.

Published 26 March 2018

Holyrood committee to question work and pensions secretary over Universal Credit and welfare

Secretary of state for work and pensions Esther McVey MP is to appear before the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee to discuss the ongoing problems with the roll out of Universal Credit and the devolution of welfare powers to Scotland.

Published 19 March 2018

UK government wins appeal against High Court benefit cap ruling

The UK government has won a challenge against a ruling that its benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children under two.

Published 16 March 2018

Ministers ‘future-proof’ social security with commitment to inflation-linked payments

Key benefits will be future-proofed to ensure they hold their value in real terms under Scotland’s new social security system, social security minister Jeane Freeman has said.

Published 2 March 2018

Social Security Bill strengthened through amendments

The Scottish Government's Social Security Bill has been strengthened by a round of amendments at committee level.

Published 23 February 2018

Flexible Universal Credit eligibility extended across Scotland

The Scottish Government has extended its flexible Universal Credit options to all recipients in full service areas to help more people manage their money.

Published 31 January 2018

Scottish Welfare Fund awards total more than £148m

Low income families have received awards of more than £148 million since the creation of the Scottish Welfare Fund in April 2013.

Published 31 January 2018

New independent body to hold social security system to account

A new independent scrutiny body that will hold Scotland’s social security system to account is to be created by the Scottish Government.

Published 22 January 2018

MSP proposes social security amendments to guarantee payments

Green MSP Alison Johnstone has lodged a series of amendments to the Scottish Government's Social Security Bill which are designed to ensure that everyone receives the payments they are due.

Published 22 January 2018

Bill amendment to ensure extra support for social security applicants

Anyone applying for social security assistance under Scotland’s new system will have a right to have someone with them during assessments or meetings, under new plans by the Scottish Government.

Published 19 January 2018

Blog: Challenges in 2018 as we look to build the homes we need

Housing delivery, homelessness, standards and much more - as we enter 2018, CIH Scotland policy expert Ashley Campbell explores what to look out for.

Published 18 January 2018

One million calls to Universal Credit helpline ‘abandoned’ in one year

More than one million calls to the Universal Credit helpline have been abandoned without claimants getting an answer within a 12-month period, according to new statistics.

Published 10 January 2018

Landlord body welcomes U-turn on Universal Credit direct payments

Government changes to Universal Credit which will make it easier for direct payments to be made to landlords have been welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

Published 9 January 2018

Social Security Bill endorsed by Holyrood as framework agreement reached with COSLA

Legislation to set up a Scottish social security agency passed its first hurdle at the Scottish Parliament yesterday as MSPs unanimously agreed the general principles of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill.

Published 20 December 2017

Commitment to expert scrutiny of social security system reiterated

The Scottish Government has repeated its commitment to allow Scotland’s new social security system to be open to independent scrutiny.

Published 18 December 2017