The Scottish Government could be hit with a £1 million bill for making it easier for claimants to budget with Universal Credit welfare payments.
The north of Scotland’s most vulnerable residents have been forced to turn to foodbanks in record numbers over the past twelve months.
Young people needing housing benefit will get automatic entitlement after a major UK Government policy U-turn on Universal Credit.
A welfare reform roll-out being piloted in areas including Inverness is yet to provide evidence it is working, Westminster’s work and pensions select committee has found.
The number of people visiting food banks across the north last year has reached a record high.
Housing bosses fear controversial UK Government welfare reforms could cause a spike in rent arrears.
Volunteers at a Moray food bank have revealed a huge increase in referrals since last year – and fear the worst may still be to come.
The UK government has written to Aberdeen City Council suggesting the vast majority of Universal Credit applications have been paid on time.
Absent Moray MP Douglas Ross was shown a red card at prime minister’s questions for officiating at a football match instead of attending a welfare debate.
Moray MP Douglas Ross has been criticised for missing a welfare debate to referee a Champions League match.
Aberdeenshire's local authority has raised concerns that the number of council house evictions in the area may rise under the government's new universal credit scheme.
Highland councillors are concerned at the number of council house tenants falling into debt after being put on a new type of benefit.
Benefits-claimants in five Highland towns were among the first to be moved onto the controversial Universal Credit system yesterday.
A Lochaber town is one of the first to move over to the new benefit called universal credit.
Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged to halt the roll-out of universal credit after new powers are devolved to the Scottish Parliament.