Starting this month, Universal Credit Scottish Choices will be available to those living in Argyll and Bute. Whilst the UK Government continue the rollout of Universal Credit in Scotland, which is expected to be completed in December, the Scottish Government are using the minor administrative powers they have in relation to Universal Credit to attempt to mitigate its impact.
Sometimes known as “The Scottish Flexibilities”, Universal Credit Scottish Choices will give people the choice to receive twice monthly payments and to have the housing cost in their Universal Credit award paid direct to their landlord.
Commenting, Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell said:
“The SNP Scottish Government remains strongly opposed to the rollout of Universal Credit, in particular the decision that every person claiming UC will only receive their first payment after 5 weeks.
This is leading to rent arrears and hardship and whilst we have been repeatedly calling on the UK Government to halt the roll out of Universal Credit to make the necessary improvements to delivery it has been falling on deaf ears.
I am pleased that so far the take-up rate of the Universal Creidt Scottish Choices has been high – with more than 2,500 people choosing one or both of the choices in the final two months of 2017 – and I am hopeful that this will be of assistance to many of my constituents in Argyll and Bute.”