Date lodged: 27 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding minimising the impact on disadvantaged young people in Scotland of losing access to universal credit and housing benefit.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 19 October 2016
Universal Credit is available for people 18 and over and includes a housing element which replaces Housing Benefit. The UK Government plans to end automatic entitlement to the housing element of Universal Credit for 18-21 year olds making new claims from April 2017. The Scottish Government continues to have discussions with the UK Government regarding this issue and Ministers have written on a number of occasions to raise concerns about the impact of this policy on young people in Scotland.