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Mid-Market Rent: Applicant Eligibility Criteria

SFHA summary of Scottish Government guidance on what criteria is acceptable/unacceptable to stipulate for Mid-Market Rent allocations. September 2023. 

SFHA gives evidence to Work and Pensions Committee

SFHA has been invited to give evidence to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on the five week wait for the first payment of Universal Credit.

DWP prepares to rollout new payment system

The DWP is preparing to roll out to social landlords a new direct payment system, to replace the four weekly third party creditor schedule for Managed Payments to Landlords and UC Scottish Choices Direct Payments. The four weekly payment schedule will still be used, however, for third party deductions against arrears of rent.

SFHA submits evidence to benefit take-up inquiry

SFHA has submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee Inquiry on benefit take-up.


Work and Pensions Committee calls for reversal of benefit freeze

Ahead of the dissolution of Parliament, the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee has published two reports highly critical of welfare policy and has called for the reversal of the benefit freeze by increasing levels by CPI + 2% for the next four years.


Supreme Court: Human Rights trumps Bedroom Tax rules

The Supreme Court has ruled where there was a ‘transparent medical need for an additional bedroom’, which was not catered for in regulation B13 (5) and (6), there was unjustified discrimination on the ground of disability, contrary to article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

SFHA joins #FiveWeeksTooLong

SFHA has joined the Trussell Trust’s #FiveWeeksTooLong campaign.

SFHA submits evidence to Scottish Affairs Committee

SFHA has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into Welfare in Scotland – highlighting concerns over the shortcomings in the administration of Universal Credit.


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Social Justice Secretary quizzed by Holyrood committee after Scottish Government scrap vital anti-poverty fund

Questions follow criticism over decision to abandon ‘lifeline’ Fuel Insecurity Fund 


Westminster debates SFHA report on cost-of-living

Calls made for social security reform and a social energy tariff.


Scottish Budget member briefing - December 2023

This member briefing provides a summary of the Scottish Government’s Budget, published on Tuesday 19 December. 


‘Act now’ MPs told as new report lays bare the devastating impact of the cost-of-living crisis on Scotland’s social tenants

The report – titled “It’s Your Life’s Opportunities” - finds that among the biggest drivers of deprivation have been the exorbitant costs of food and energy, with more than 95% saying that they are struggling with the costs of putting food on the table and heating their home.  


SFHA comment on UK Government Autumn Statement

Announcements on social security and Local Housing Allowance.


One million children in the UK in 'destitution'

New Joseph Rowntree Foundation study reveals scale of extreme need


Move to Universal Credit – update

DWP started the small-scale discovery in September to test more benefit combinations and continue to learn how to move all households safely onto UC.


We must build more social homes, SNP conference told

SFHA were joined by Child Poverty Action Group at a packed-out fringe meeting at this week’s SNP conference.


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