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.
Calls have been made for the housing element of Universal Credit to automatically go to landlords.
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 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.
BENEFITS chiefs have apologised to a mum who couldn’t afford Christmas presents after her money was stopped in error.