New Universal Credit powers to be used to meet needs of people of Scotland
Universal Credit payments in Scotland are to become more frequent and adaptable, as new social security powers are set to be used by the Scottish Government.
Tenants will also have the choice of having the housing element of Universal Credit payments made directly to landlords and this new flexibility will be available for tenants in the private rented sector as well as those in social housing.
The use of new flexibilities around Universal Credit payments marks the first use of new social security powers under the Scotland Act 2016. A consultation on the necessary regulations will be launched soon.
New applicants who live in Full Service areas – local authority areas where a digital claiming system has been established by the UK Government – will be given the option of twice-monthly payments instead of the DWP’s current monthly payment system.
Following the devolution of new powers by the Scotland Act 2016, the Scottish Government is committed to ensuring the relevant regulations are used to give Scottish applicants more choice and control over the housing element of Universal Credit payments – with the technical delivery to be managed by the UK Government.
Analysis of the responses to the social security consultation exercise held during 2016 and discussions with individuals and relevant organisations will shape what other Universal Credit flexibilities the Scottish Government may decide to progress at a later date.