A pilot scheme to move benefits claimants onto Universal Credit (UC) should be urgently stopped until there is more clarity around the impact it will have on those affected, the UK Government has been told.
Universal credit has greatly increased rent arrears, with immediate action now needed in order to tackle the issue, according to MSPs.
The scrapping of start-date protections under Universal Credit (UC) is “deeply alarming”, the DWP has been told.
Ministers must take urgent action to deal with the “staggering levels of child poverty” that parts of Scotland are facing, campaigners have demanded.
The Scottish Government should scrap benefits and pay every adult a basic income to eliminate poverty, a report has said.
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.
Some 1.9 million adults will be at least £1,000 per year worse off under Universal Credit - while 1.6 million will gain more than this amount - analysis has found.
The Scottish Government cannot afford to alleviate all of Westminster’s “staggering” cuts in benefits spending, the Social Security Secretary has told MSPs.
MSPs will debate calls for reform of Universal Credit to halt a predicted increase in in-work poverty.
A PROTEST has been planned in Edinburgh one year after the introduction of the two-child benefit policy.
SCOTLAND'S First Minister has called on the new UK Work and Pensions Secretary to halt the “failing” Universal Credit system.