A new future for social security: consultation on social security in Scotland.

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Policy briefing
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Date of publication
28 October 2016
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Families
Social welfare
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This response to a consultation on a new Scottish social security approach focuses on aspects of the social security system relating to housing.  It recommends:

  • developing a Scottish Discretionary Housing Payment scheme including a clear national framework, set timescales and a clear appeals mechanism and coherent links with other forms of support;
  • Universal Credit recipients having their benefits paid directly to a private landlord if that is their choice, and being able to choose to split payments within a household;
  • the Scottish Government  investigating the value of redefining Broad Rental Market Areas (on which Local Housing Allowance levels are set) to reflect local housing markets;
  • exemptions to the Shared Accommodation Rate being made consistent to protect people at risk of homelessness
  • the Scottish Government to consider reducing the age of the SAR back to 25, and
  • people who are homeless not being classified as non-dependants for the purpose of non-dependant deductions.

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