Scotland's social security system is changing, and we want to make sure that women's equality is at its heart.
Women’s and equalities organisations are very concerned about plans to pay Universal Credit to households, not individuals, which undermine women’s ﬁnancial independence, safety and equality. You can find out more about this, and other issues related to social security and women's equality, in our report released earlier this year.
The Scottish Government has been consulting on the changes to the social security system, and we were so pleased that so many women and equalities organisations responded to the consultation echoing our calls. In February, the Scottish Government's response to the consultation stated that they were committed to offering individual payments of Universal Credit as the default, and credited the high response rate as a reason for their decision.
There are several other issues of concern around social security in Scotland and in the UK, including the 'family cap' which limits child benefit and tax credits to two children, and the 'rape clause' which forces women to disclose whether children were conceived as a result of rape or coercive control. You can find out more about both of these issues here. Alongside Scottish Women's Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland we have submitted a petition to the UK Parliament petitions committee, and are aiming to gain 100,000 signatures to secure a debate in parliament on the 'family cap' and 'rape clause'. Sign the petition here, and find out more ways to support the campaign over on our blog.
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