Thursday, December 14, 2017

Scottish Government

Scotland plans to become the UK’s first ‘living wage nation’

The Scottish Government has outlined plans to increase the number of workers earning the "real living wage".

Scotland urged to take action on fuel poverty as thousands die from cold homes

Campaigners call on the Scottish Government to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland's homes.

Labour leadership hopeful says new tax credit proposal could lift 50,000 children out of poverty

The proposal would see an extra £10 a week go to children from low-income Scottish families.

Scotland calls for halt on universal credit

Northern Ireland also expresses concerns, putting launch of flagship welfare reform in doubt.

Return of the Tory milk snatchers

UK Government urged to commit to funding school milk subsidies after Brexit.

Tory welfare cuts ‘pushing people into poverty and homelessness’

Shelter Scotland says welfare changes 'directly threaten tenancies and risk pushing more people into homelessness'.

Young Scottish carers to benefit from extra financial support

Package includes £300 grant for young carers aged 16 to 18 who do at least 16 hours of caring a week, but do not qualify for Carer’s Allowance.

Scottish Government seeks reassurances over disability benefit cuts

Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison is seeking assurances there will be no cuts to disability benefits for people set to benefit from ‘Frank’s Law’.

Welfare cuts will leave low income families ‘thousands of pounds worse off’

Scottish Government report finds that 'taking money away from low income families makes no economic sense'.

Thousands of Scottish children at risk of poverty and homelessness thanks to Tory benefits cap

Scottish Green Party call on the Scottish Government to help mitigate the devastating effects of the lower benefits cap on children in Scotland.

Scottish Social Security Bill ‘leaves door open’ for means-testing winter fuel allowance

Labour say the SNP must be honest with voters about its plans for winter fuel allowance.

Scotland’s social security system will have ‘dignity and respect at its heart’

Anti-poverty campaigners welcome the introduction of a new 'Social Security Bill' for Scotland.

Scottish work programme destined to fail, says SCVO

Third-sector organisations warn the new 'Fair Start Scotland' scheme will fail without 'high-quality specialised support'.

SNP vow to kick the private sector out of Scotland’s benefit assessment system

Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman confirms that there will be no contracting with the private sector for social security benefit assessments.

SNP Conference: Jobcentre closures will harm society’s most vulnerable

The SNP conference has strongly condemned UK government plans to close Jobcentres in Scotland.

‘Reckless’ Tory plans for a further £3.5bn in cuts will hit Britain’s poorest hardest

SNP say further cuts at a time when Britain is on the brink of Brexit is 'reckless', and warn the poorest will be hit hardest.

Scottish Government seeks assurances over ‘bedroom tax’ abolition

Fears Scots who benefit from the Scottish Government's desire to abolish bedroom tax could fall into the Tories' benefit cap trap.

Jobcentre closures will increase the risk of benefit sanctions, say SNP

Fears closures 'will cause real difficulty and hardship for thousands of people'.

Homeless families in Scotland spend too long in temporary housing, say Shelter

The average time homeless families with children spend in temporary housing has increased by almost 20% over the past two years.

Top up child benefit ‘to prevent a poverty crisis in Scotland’, MSPs told

Campaigners claim topping up child benefit by just £5 a week could reduce child poverty in Scotland by 14%.

Disabled jobseekers three-times more likely to be sanctioned than to find work

A disabled person on the DWP’s Work Programme is three times as likely to be sanctioned as to find a job, evidence suggests.

More than 5,700 children in Scotland living in temporary accommodation

Shelter Scotland has called on the Scottish Government 'to commit to a new national homelessness strategy'.

Scotland use new social security powers to improve Universal Credit

Improvements include the option to have payments made direct to landlords and the option of twice monthly payments.

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