Universal Credit: SAL gives evidence to Parliament

Today 10 January, SAL chief executive John Blackwood will be at Holyrood giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament Social Security Committee’s first meeting of the year. As part of a discussion on housing and social security including the impact of Universal Credit (UC) in Scotland, John will be representing the views and experiences of SAL member landlords who have expressed to SAL their grave concerns about UC.

See more about the committee.

Key statistics from the Committee agenda:

At Aug 2018, there were 454,629 claimants of housing support in
Scotland, of which 392,989 receive housing benefit (HB) and 61,640 receive the housing element of Universal Credit (UC).

81% (368,249) of those receiving housing support through the benefit
system live in the social rented sector. 19% (86,379) live in the private
rented sector.

HB/UC are means tested. About one tenth of HB claimants are in
employment.

Housing benefit expenditure in Scotland is around £1.7bn.

The average weekly HB award is £93 a week for tenants living in private rented
housing.