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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.

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.

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.

Housing benefit suspensions

Issue 272 (October 2019)
Jon Shaw looks at when housing benefit (HB) awards can (and cannot) be suspended and then terminated.

Benefits for young people in further education or training

This factsheet covers the rules for young people in further education or on certain training courses claiming means-tested benefits.

Early Warning System Briefing: Social security support for housing

22 March 2019
Evidence submitted for the Social Security Committee's inquiry on social security support for housing.

Discretionary housing payments in Scotland

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

Single mother forced into homelessness by housing benefit shortfall goes to Supreme Court

31 January 2019
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and homeless charity Shelter are supporting a Supreme Court case today on behalf of a lone mother who was treated as intentionally homeless because she didn’t use her non-housing benefits that are intended to cover other living costs to cover the £35 weekly gap between her housing benefit and her rent.

Too simple: the failure of universal credit assessment periods

08 August 2018
In the ‘simple’ world of universal credit, monthly assessment periods are the supposedly ‘neat’ way of judging what financial support families should get based on their earnings and circumstances.