The Scottish Government has said new powers to make changes to universal credit payments will affect over 700,000 household across the country.
The Scottish Government has decided it wants to give claimants the choice of having their payments made twice a month rather than just once a month on universal credit, reports Scottish Housing News.
They also want the payment of the housing element to be made direct to landlords, for new claimants and where the claimant is renting from a social landlord.
In Dundee for a series of events as part of the nationwide Fairer Scotland discussions,social justice secretary, Alex Neil, said: “People across Scotland are being asked how they think our country can be a fairer and more equal place to live. Having a social security system that is fit for purpose helps tackle inequality. That is why it is imperative that devolution of new social security powers gathers pace and that we make Universal Credit’s expansion in Scotland easier for claimants. We intend to use the administrative flexibilities offered around Universal Credit to do things differently and on Scotland’s own terms. We want housing costs to be paid direct to social landlords for new claims and for people to have choice of having their payments made more frequently than monthly, from the start of their claim. This will go a long way to ensuring that Universal Credit’s introduction in Scotland will be better suited to our needs and will give people more choice about how they manage their money.”
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