Caught between Universal Credit and AirBNB: Suzy Cargill’s story
Suzy Cargill from Edinburgh’s experience at the sharp end of ‘welfare reform’ and the housing crisis has left her homeless, and considering moving away from a city she has no desire to leave
SUZY CARGILL, 46, a musician based in Leith, Edinburgh, got a call out of the blue on 10 January.
It was someone from the DWP. They said that her Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) payments were stopping immediately, as of that phone call.
“When she said that I froze - I didn’t think that could happen,” Suzy says.
Sean Cudden: The 6 themes my research uncovered about experiences of the benefits system
Sean Cudden, Masters student and welfare rights activist, summarises the key findings of his research on what users of the benefits system in Scotland think about it. That research has informed our series on One Person’s Journey Through the Benefits System.
‘If it weren’t for bedroom tax mitigation they’d be trying to evict me’
'So why haven't you killed yourself?': One person's journey through the benefits system Part 2 of 3
Three part series on one person’s journey through the benefits system.
IN PART 2, Anne has to deal with changes to the benefits system introduced by the Tory-Liberal Coalition Government in 2010.
Read Part 1 here.
Part 2 – The Change: ‘So why haven’t you killed yourself?’
One person's journey through the benefits system: Part 1 of 3
Sean Cudden, a Masters student and welfare rights activist, presents the first of a three part of series of one person’s journey through the benefits system based an interview with benefit claimant Anne from Glasgow, who’s harrowing story is told in her words
John Dickie & Peter Kelly: Why the £5 child benefit top-up is the right policy at the right time
John Dickie, from the Child Poverty Action Group Scotland, and Peter Kelly, from the Poverty Alliance, explain why the child benefit top up can help tackle child poverty, and why it is advisable over means-tested approaches
BETWEEN now and 2022, Scotland will introduce a new income supplement for low income families; a welcome step that recognises the need to use the new social security powers that Scotland has to reduce poverty.
SNP MP brands UK Government ‘reckless and heartless’ as figures reveal nearly £200m spent fighting disability benefit appeals
SNP MP joins disability and poverty campaigners in denouncing the Tories’ approach to welfare amid newly uncovered figures
ALISON THEWLISS, SNP MP for Glasgow Central, has accused the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) of being “intent on refusing people at every turn”, after it emerged nearly £200m in five years was spent fighting appeals by rejected disability benefit claimants.
As 300,000 Scots require crisis grants, Citizens Advice challenges UK Govt to fix social security
Latest figures show a dramatic rise in the number of Scottish households reliant on emergency welfare
CITIZENS ADVICE SCOTLAND (CAS) have called upon the UK Government to fix the problems with a social security system that is “not getting adequate support on time to those who need it,” after it was revealed that almost 300,000 households have required emergency financial aid from the Scottish Government over the past five years.