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Poverty campaigners say the Scottish Government and other bodies must take action to protect people from increased poverty due to Universal Credit
Scotland’s government and social landlords must take urgent action to mitigate the worst impacts of Universal Credit (UC), campaigners have said.
Govan Law Centre is calling for a package of measures that will challenge the adverse impact of UC in Scotland.
The organisation says its casework across Glasgow already confirms that Universal Credit is causing misery and increasing poverty. It’s says it’s an unworkable social security policy, in its present form.
Mike Dailly of Govan Law Centre said: “With the full rollout of Universal Credit in Glasgow for new claimants in a few weeks much more must be done to tackle the crisis of Universal Credit until it can be devolved.
“The Scottish Government and all stakeholders need to act now, with interim measures, to reduce the misery.”
The body is calling for an urgent update of the Scottish pre-action court requirements to ensure no evictions for UC delays and associated problems, and to ensure that landlords proactively help tenants make direct payments for rent.
It also wants to prevent landlords deducting more than 5% of a tenant’s UC or disposable income for arrears of rent.
Social landlords should ensure tenants are made aware of the ability for direct payments from UC to rent. Finally, the law centre is calling for a national co-ordination of advice and intervention strategies in Scotland to limit the damage of UC.