The roll-out of Universal Credit will mean a “significant number” of people will receive less financial support, a senior official with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has said.
Almost half of those in receipt of Universal Credit chose the Scottish Government’s alternative payment options when offered.
More Scots are being forced to ask for emergency aid to help with the cost of feeding their families and heating their homes, with six council areas across the country seeing applications for crisis grants rise by 30% or more.
Nicola Sturgeon has hit out at the “appalling” and “Dickensian” comments made by the Scottish Tory welfare spokeswoman Michelle Ballantyne, who sparked an outcry at Holyrood after she said it was “fair” that people receiving benefits could not have “as many children as they like”.
Thousands of cancer patients in Scotland will be put at risk if they are forced to move over to Universal Credit, according to a charity.
A Scottish Conservative MSP has defended welfare reforms, claiming those who do not work “cannot have as many children as they like”.
The roll-out of Universal Credit across the country is an “unfolding disaster” which will have a “severe” impact on the most vulnerable, the Scottish First Minister has said.
Smartcards will replace food vouchers after a consultation found strong support for the change to a welfare scheme for low income families.
Scottish Labour’s proposal to increase child benefit would lift only a fraction of children out of poverty, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
More than 75,000 carers have received extra cash after the Scottish Government increased their benefit payment.
The Scottish Government has not taken the “decisive steps” needed to tackle child poverty, campaigners have said, with a quarter of youngsters living in families that are struggling to get by.
UK Government welfare reforms introduced since the Conservatives came to power in 2010 will result in the loss of £3.7 billion worth of benefits in Scotland by 2020-21, a new report has estimated.
An expectant mother travelled to Switzerland to give birth after council social workers raised welfare concerns, a High Court judge has been told.
Spending on benefits for those with young families is forecast to more than double in the first year of the Scottish Government’s new Best Start Grant.
A new welfare payment aimed at helping low income families in Scotland will be introduced ahead of schedule, the First Minister has announced.
The Scottish SPCA is looking for volunteers to join its new Dundee Supporter Group.