Scottish Government encouraged to mitigate Universal Credit impact

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 27th August 2018

Campaign group SCoWR calls for investment to avoid hike in in-work poverty rates.

The Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR), of which the ALLIANCE is a member, has responded to a call for evidence from the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee noting problems with the roll out of Universal Credit and its subsequent impact on “in work poverty” in Scotland.

Universal Credit is a new entitlement, which is gradually being expanded across the country by the UK Government, aimed at people on low pay or out of work. Its introduction has been criticised by SCoWR who are concerned that a five week delay in first payment, insufficient digital support and greater degrees of sanctioning may be pushing people further into poverty.

SCoWR’s response calls on the Scottish Government to take action and mitigate these issues by:

  • Invest in childcare support for parents.
  • Provide support for independent advice, advocacy and wider support services.
  • Taking action to address living costs.
  • Raising awareness of the additional Universal Credit flexibilities available in Scotland.

The Social Security Committee’s inquiry into Universal Credit and in-work poverty is ongoing (this link will take you away from our website).

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