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

Document type
Policy briefing
Corporate author(s)
Crisis
Publisher
Crisis
Date of publication
28 October 2016
Subject(s)
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Families
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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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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