The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has defended Universal Credit despite a sharp rise in people left unable to pay their rent in the parts of Scotland where the benefit was first launched.
The Scottish Government cannot afford to alleviate all of Westminster’s “staggering” cuts in benefits spending, the Social Security Secretary has told MSPs.
MSP demands DWP reverses raft of ‘discriminatory measures’ facing north-east residents with sensory impairment
A city MSP has called on the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to reverse a raft of “discriminatory measures” facing blind and deaf people in the north-east.
MSPs will debate calls for reform of Universal Credit to halt a predicted increase in in-work poverty.
Ministers are to consider demands to refund Highland Council more than £2.5 million after the costs of the government’s controversial Universal Credit welfare reforms were revealed.
Calls have been made for the housing element of Universal Credit to automatically go to landlords.
A vital charity is branching out and re-branding as part of an effort to offer a more varied service to local people.
Highland Council has been left millions of pounds "out of pocket" by the government's controversial Universal Credit welfare reforms, Inverness MP Drew Hendry has claimed.
An Aberdeen man said he was forced to turn to a life of crime after changes to his benefits left him with no money.
A Moray charity has launched a new service to help people with Universal Credit applications.
Harrogate is to pilot a new phase of the Government’s controversial Universal Credit (UC) welfare reforms, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has said.
A north-east foodbank has secured a permanent home, ensuring it can continue to help some of the region's most vulnerable people.
The challenges facing people in the north-east applying for Universal Credit were discussed at a public meeting held by the Aberdeenshire West Labour Party.
North-east residents are finding themselves “in extreme difficulties and distress” amidst a perfect storm caused by Brexit uncertainty, Universal Credit and the oil and gas downturn.
Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd is facing calls to halt the roll-out of Universal Credit, after admitting that its introduction had increased reliance on food banks.
Food bank use has increased due to the universal credit roll-out, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has admitted.
Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has challenged the UK Government about the increasing amount of online form-filling required to claim Universal Credit.
A bitter debate on controversial welfare changes was heard at the city council’s final full meeting of the year.
A Moray food bank has been forced to close one of its bases - to pool its resources to meet growing demand.
Council house tenants are being pushed further into debt “to the point of despair” by changes to their benefits, according to a leading charity.
Food bank use in Moray has risen by almost 20% in the last year with the UK government’s welfare cuts to blame, according to a local MSP.
An Aberdeen food bank is urgently appealing for donations following a record-breaking rise in people queuing up for emergency supplies.
A motorcyclist who lost his leg and almost died in a horrific crash was told he was “not ill enough” to warrant a hospital visit to set up the benefits payments needed for him to return home.
10% of people on Highland Council’s housing list have no roof over their head as the north’s homeless crisis escalates
The number of homeless people seeking council housing in the Highlands has risen to an “alarming” 690 - at a time the authority is facing a multi-million-pound “crisis” over rent arrears because of Universal Credit.
The roll-out of Universal Credit has contributed to a “startling” rise in the number of people seeking advice about rent arrears, according to new figures.
Oil rich Aberdeen is now home to 20 foodbanks, outnumbering other Scottish cities, shock figures have revealed.
Pensions minister Guy Opperman has been branded “insensitive” for praising the controversial Universal Credit system at a job centre in Banff yesterday.
Residents on housing benefits have been left ‘hanging’ after an agency changed its policy and threatened tenants in the north east with possible eviction.
Highland MP Drew Hendry has backed a new campaign calling for a radical overhaul of the Universal Credit system and protect people from the threat of eviction.
North-east residents may need additional help if they are to successfully claim universal credit due to it being exclusively online, a local charity has warned.
Highland MP Drew Hendry has said a damning report on universal credit has vindicated his years of warnings about its introduction.
Released prisoners are “routinely” taken to food banks to help them cope with benefit delays, ministers have been told.