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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01359: Rona Mackay (Strathkelvin and Bearsden)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it helps people in receipt of universal credit with managing their money.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 25 October 2017

The Scottish Government is using its new social security powers to give people in Scotland more choice in how they manage their Universal Credit benefit.

From 4 October, people making new claims in full service Universal Credit areas can choose to be paid either monthly or twice monthly and have their rent paid direct to their landlord.

The new Scottish Universal Credit choices have been warmly welcomed by people in receipt of Universal Credit, welfare advisors, local authorities and landlords. However, it will not address the fundamental flaws with Universal Credit – and that is why the Scottish Government, along with many others, has repeatedly called on the UK Government to halt the roll out of Universal Credit, until all the implementation issues are fully addressed.