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The Welfare Reform Committee has published a report on ‘The Cumulative Impact of Welfare Reform on Households in Scotland’ which was commissioned from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University. You can view or download the report here.
Further Powers in Scotland
- Scotland Referendum timeline
- The Barnet formula paper
- Briefing: Scotland & the process of constitutional change
- Social Security for Scotland
- Social Security for Scotland: Benefits being devolved to the Scottish Parliament
- Essential Info – How to complete an ESA50
- Essential Info – Personal Banking
- Essential Info – The Scottish Welfare Fund
- Essential Info – Universal Credit
- Essential Info- Avoiding Sanctions and how to challenge them
- Essential Info- Council Tax arrears (Edinburgh specific)
- Essential Info- Get what you need from your phone call (Effective Communication)
Universal Credit launched in Edinburgh for simple claims from single jobseekers on 9 March 2015. Our guide to help people currently affected is listed above – we will keep it updated as the rollout extends and the situation changes. For more detailed information from the DWP, such as their Partner Organisation toolkit which includes FAQs, some factsheets called ‘Quick Guides’ and much more, please click here.
Other sources of information
Cyrenians have also produced a Universal Credit Factsheet
Turn2us have up to date information on their website and a benefits check tool that can help people calculate their entitlements and work out how they might be affected if their situation changes – www.turn2us.org.uk
Adviceguide is a public website with lots of useful information and tools on a wide range of issues, including welfare benefits and money advice – https://www.adviceguide.org.uk/scotland.htm
The NHS Crisis Guide: NHS quick guide to ‘crisis response’ resources to help individuals with immediate essential living costs.