Universal Credit changes welcomed by Greens

Forthcoming changes to Universal Credit payments have been broadly welcomed by the Scottish Greens, with the party stressing that Holyrood must “make the most” of new welfare powers.

Last month Greens social security spokesperson Alison Johnstone raised concerns about rent arrears caused by the roll out of Universal Credit in East Lothian.

Ministers have announced that Universal Credit payments will become “more frequent and adaptable”, a move Alison Johnstone says will “make life easier for people”.

Alison Johnstone, social security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, said:

"The recent DWP roll out of Universal Credit in East Lothian is clearly causing serious problems and although it may be called a test and learn environment, this is evidently affecting vulnerable people and putting a huge strain on council staff. 

“We look forward to seeing the Scottish Government’s plans for use of its ‘new flexibilities’ on UC in more detail because it’s becoming increasingly clear that the DWP remains unlikely to improve how it operates. The changes the Scottish Government propose are welcome and will make life easier for people receiving UC.  It’s important we make the most of every power coming our way.”