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 here.
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. We have responded to the Scottish Parliament consultation on the Social Security (Scotland) Bill, and are closely following the progress of the Bill through parliament. Recently, we wrote to the Social Security Committee to reaffirm our support for splitting the Universal Credit payment between members of a household, and highlighted the near-unanimous consensus on this issue by respondents to the consultation process.
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.
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