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Spotlight on: Social Security Scotland
7 Jul 2021
by Debbie Horne, Senior Policy Officer (Social Justice).
This column was first published in the Herald on 7 July 2021.
19 Aug 2020
by Rob Gowans, CAS senior policy officer.
This article was first published in the Herald on 19 August 2020.
10 Mar 2020
Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to the new report by the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee which finds that up to £20billion of means-tested benefits had been left unclaimed across the UK in 2016-17.
Publication date: September 2021
The Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security (SCoRSS) is a coalition of organisations who advocate for a reformed social security system that reflects the five principles set out in our Principles for Change. SCoRSS (previously the Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform) encompasses over 40 organisations from key third sector organisations, charities, faith groups, and unions. Our members have a diverse range of experience and expertise and a strong understanding of social security and its impact on the people and communities we work with.
Focusing on the impact the £20-a-week cut to UC will have to Scotland, our briefing shows that:
- Nearly three quarters (74%) of Scottish Citizens Advice Bureau clients on UC will struggle if the cut goes through;
- 1 in 4 people claiming UC in Scotland say they are ‘very likely’ to need to skip meals when the cut hits, and 17% say they are very likely to use a food bank;
- As many as 4,000 low-income households (8,000 children) will lose entitlement to Scottish Child Payment if the cut goes ahead, due to the passporting of Scottish Child Payment from UC, meaning these families may face an income cut greater than £20-a-week; and
- More than half a billion pounds a year will be removed from the Scottish economy, cutting support for some of the most deprived parts of the UK.
SCoRSS is calling for the £20 weekly increase to Universal Credit to be made permanent.
Publication date: August 2021
Citizens Advice Scotland welcomes the positive changes made so far in the latest version of the regulations, but based on evidence from clients and advisers with experience of the current social security system, some concerns remain in a number of areas.
Publication date: July 2021
Between December 2020 and March 2021, the Scottish Government consulted on the first draft of new regulations for Adult Disability Payment (ADP). In June 2021, the Scottish Government published their response to this consultation. Citizens Advice Scotland welcomed encouraging signs in the latest government proposals, but CAS is calling for further change to get Adult Disability Payment right for disabled people in Scotland.
Publication date: July 2021
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) warmly welcomes the increased payment of the Carer’s Allowance Supplement. CAS recommended that the Carer’s Allowance Supplement be doubled again, to provide additional financial support to carers, in our October 2020 response to the Social Security Committee’s COVID-19 inquiry and are pleased to see this recommendation taken forward by the Scottish Government.
CAS believes the main purpose of carer’s social security payments should be to equally to compensate carers for income that would have been earned through employment, recognising the equal value of the work that is caring. Whilst there is more to be done to ensure that carers have the financial support they need and social security system they deserve, this further additional payment is a welcome step in the right direction.