About the Inquiry
The Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee has launched an inquiry into Social Security Support for Housing. The remit of the inquiry is to explore how social security support for housing costs is impacted by welfare reform, with a particular focus on the local housing allowance and Universal Credit housing costs. The Committee will consider how both reserved and devolved social security policy can address issues arising for tenants and landlords, particularly in the private rented sector.
The Committee issued a call for written views on 5 February 2019.
The closing date for written submissions was 18 March 2019.
The Committee issued a call for written views which can be accessed via the link below:
Read the call for views
The closing date for written submissions was Monday 18 March 2019.
Read the written submissions received
Read the news release
The Committee began taking oral evidence in March 2019.
On 21 March 2019, the Committee took evidence from:
John Blackwood, Chief Executive, Scottish Association of Landlords;
Alice Simpson, Assistant Director, Home for Good;
Sheila Haig, Customer Manager, City of Edinburgh Council.
On 28 March 2019, the Committee took evidence from:
Aoife Deery, Campaigns and Policy Officer, Shelter Scotland;
Mike Dailly, Solicitor Advocate and Principal Solicitor, Govan Law Centre;
Eilidh McIvor, Volunteer, Living Rent;
John Rafferty, Visiting Support Group Head, Bethany Christian Trust;
Gary Neil, Operations Manager, Rock Trust;
Rob Gowans, Policy Officer, Citizens Advice Scotland.
On 4 April 2019, the Committee took evidence from:
Paula Doherty, Benefits and Welfare Team Leader, Dumfries and Galloway Council;
Jeremy Hewer, Policy Lead, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations;
Julia Mulloy, Chief Executive, Scottish Borders Housing Association;
John Mills, Head of Housing Services, Fife Council;
Gail Ward, Housing Policy Offier, Highland Council.
Visits and Events
On Wednesday 13th March the committee held an evening event in Leith. This event gave Members the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from individuals and support workers with experience in housing benefits and renting.