Housing benefit

Prison and benefits

Most social security benefits are affected if you are in prison. This factsheet outlines the main issues that come up if you are remanded in custody or if you are serving a prison sentence.

Early Warning System e-bulletin - December 2021

December 2021
In this edition of the e-bulletin, we heard about the problems some claimants face when claiming help with housing costs.

Benefits for rent (Scotland), 8 – 9 March 2023 ONLINE

8th March 2023 to 9th March 2023
Online Scotland
Annually - in normal times - around two thousand tenants in Scotland are evicted by social landlords for rent arrears, with an unrecorded number of private tenants. Many of these...

Scotland Webinar:  Mix 'n' Match - UC when you're pension age 1 February 2022

1st February 2022
Online Scotland
UC is a working age benefit but some people over state pension age have to claim it. Before May 2019, if you were part of a couple where one was...

Benefits for rent (Scotland) 2 - 3 March 2022 ONLINE

2nd March 2022 to 3rd March 2022
Online Scotland
Annually - in normal times - around two thousand tenants in Scotland are evicted by social landlords for rent arrears, with an unrecorded number of private tenants. Many of these...

Discretionary housing payments in Scotland

Find out more about the local authority fund for extra help with housing costs.

Early Warning System Latest Findings 27th April - 1st May

11 May 2020
Latest issues emerging from the Early Warning System include: claimants subject to the benefit cap not benefiting from the increase in UC, EU nationals with no entitlement to means-tested benefits; disabled people struggling to claim PIP or partake in assessments, and the impact of bereavement on social security entitlement

Early Warning System latest findings 20th-24th April

30 April 2020
Latest findings emerging from the Early Warning System include: difficulty accessing PIP claim forms, people accruing rent arrears because they are unable to move and confusion about which benefit to claim

Managing money: the importance of autonomy

16 December 2019
From time to time, we all get into difficulty managing our money. A boiler breaking, a car needing repair, a bigger heating bill than expected. These things can hit us hard and always seem to be poorly timed, particularly if money is already tight. We all have different methods of coping, and different ways of ensuring we keep on top of all the other bills and rent. Some people try to manage by taking the hit in one go; whereas others do the exact opposite, choosing to cut back less but over a longer period. Some will use savings and replenish these over time; others will try to cut back on their living expenses.

Places left for next week's course: Maximising benefits for rent

02 October 2019
Are you a housing worker or adviser in Glasgow area? Book on our 1-day training course on 8 October.