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Scottish government urged to use devolved powers on child poverty

Calls for commitment to topping up child element of universal credit to meet 2030 targets.

Future-proofed against austerity: new Scottish social security system

Independent body will check that changes preserve human rights before Holyrood gets vote.

Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland

Two councils, Fife and Glasgow, are investigating idea of offering everyone a fixed income regardless of earnings.

Scotland wins battle to end voluntary work programme sanctions

Holyrood can exempt Scots taking part from having benefits stopped or cut thanks to newly devolved welfare powers.

Devolution of Scottish welfare ‘being used as political football’, says SNP

Social security minister Jeane Freeman accuses opponents of ‘careless disregard for the impact their words have on the people they claim to represent'.

Scottish government tries to exempt Scots from having benefits stopped

Holyrood would like this power repatriated from Westminster – around 80,000 Scots have been sanctioned in this way since 2010.

Charity urges MSPs to give free tampons to women on benefits

Scottish parliament hears about women and girls using newspaper and socks as ‘period poverty’ is debated for first time.

Social security, not benefits: Scotland to ponder words of welfare

Ministers to consider negative connotations of language of benefits ahead of creation of social security agency.

Sturgeon moves to bring back scrapped targets on child poverty

First minister announces consultation on bill that could enshrine Scottish strategy on child poverty in law.

SNP MP Launches Campaign Against Tax Credit ‘Rape Clause’

SNP MP says proposals to scrutinise women who have third child due to rape was stigmatising and has no place in the 21st century.

Vote Labour For Radical Powers In Scotland, Say Murphy And Brown

Pair claim that party will go further than ‘the vow’ made during referendum campaign promising more powers for Scottish parliament

Iain Duncan Smith Vetoed Greater Scottish Powers Over Universal Credit

Holyrood allowed to vary key parts of housing elements of universal credit but not other elements after DWP intervention




Man missing part of his skull told he’s ‘not disabled enough’ for disability benefits

"You can literally feel my brain and the edges of my skull where it’s been cut off".

DWP underpaid benefits to 70,000 sick and disabled people, say auditors

DWP face an extra bill of up to £830 million in backdated Employment and Support Allowance payments.

Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Grieving daughter handed her mother’s ashes to benefits assessor to prove she wasn’t ‘fit for work’

Inexcusable and heartless blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.