The Poverty Alliance is calling on the UK Government to end the freeze on working-age benefits.   Introduced in 2015, the benefits included are:

•             Jobseekers’ Allowance

•             Child and Working Tax Credit excluding disability elements

•             Local Housing Allowances

•             Income support

•             Child benefit

•             Work Related Activity Group Employment and Support Allowance

•             Universal credit

Research from Sheffield Hallam estimates that the freeze in working-age benefits will lead to losses of £300m in Scotland per year.  It is expected that this will affect 700,000 families in Scotland, with an average loss of £450 per year.   This is a substantial amount of money, especially for families on low incomes. 

It is clear that the benefit freeze is causing financial hardship to families. Keeping the cash value of benefits the same while costs are rising is pushing people into poverty. 

Ending the freeze on working age benefits is the first step in building a fairer, more equal United Kingdom and we are calling on all MPs in Scotland to support this ask.  

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End the Freeze Petition

As part of this campaign, we have created an e-peition at Westminster to have MPs debate ending the benefits freeze. Please show your support by signing the petition here. Remember to share the petition widely when you have signed it!

Civil Society Says No to the Freeze

Scottish organisations from across civil society have come together to call on the Chancellor to end in the freeze on benefits in the next Budget. The organisations include trade unions, grassroots groups, faith groups as well as national voluntary organisations. They have highlighted that the benefit freeze will contribute to growing poverty over the coming years and should end.

To read the letter to the Chancellor click here


The organisations now supporting the campaign are:

The Poverty Alliance


Inclusion Scotland

CPAG Scotland

Citizens Advice Scotland

Alcohol Focus Scotland

BEMIS Scotland (Empowering Scotland’s Ethnic and Cultural Minority Communities)

CCPS - Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland

Children 1st

Children in Scotland

Church of Scotland Church & Society Council

Conforti Institute

COPE Scotland


Disability Agenda Scotland           

Energy Action Scotland

Faith In Community Scotland

Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations

Glasgow Disability Alliance

Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector

Glasgow Homeless Network


Govan Law Centre

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

HIV Scotland

Nourish Scotland

One Parent Families Scotland

Poverty Truth Commission           

Public and Commercial Service Union

Queens Cross Housing Association

Scottish Churches Housing Action            

Scottish Community Development Centre

Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations

Scottish Council on Deafness

Scottish Drugs Forum

Scottish Trades Union Congress

Scottish Women’s Convention

The Trussell Trust

Voluntary Action Scotland


Unite the Union

Waverley Care

Volunteer Glasgow

Voluntary Health Scotland


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